Michigan Man Who Won Millions In Lottery During Divorce Must Share

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Richard Zelasko obtained an $80 million Mega Thousands and hundreds jackpot in July 2013 - after taxes and charges his prize became as soon as $38,873,628, in accordance to an idea issued closing week by the Michigan Court docket of Appeals.

But an arbitrator ruled the winnings were marital property and should be shared, the Detroit Free Press reported. Court docket paperwork confirmed they had been married in 2004 and have faith three kids.

A United States appeals court ruled last week that Rich Zelasko must split his $30 million (around R430 million) lottery winnings with his ex-wife, Mary Beth, even though they were separated when he bought the ticket.

Richard Anthony Zelasko, 50, was told he must split the money with wife Mary Elizabeth, 48, after an arbitrator deemed the prize as marital property. It appears whether the couple being together or in the process of divorce had no impact on defining what in fact constituted marital property.

'As losses throughout the marriage were incurred jointly, so should winnings be shared jointly, ' he said.

"It is very sophisticated to overturn an arbitration", talked about Michael Robbins, who's represented Richard Zelasko since 2015.

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The couple's divorce wasn't finalized until 2018.

A MI appeals court agreed with that argument last week, and ordered the couple to split the winnings 50/50, according to the Associated Press.

"An equal split of an asset acquired so long after separation, and in this case after the conclusion of the divorce arbitration hearing, is extremely unusual", Bassett tells PEOPLE.

Robbins acknowledged his client can charm the ruling and is "involved about his alternate choices".

CNN's Tatyana Bellamy-Walker contributed to this teach.

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