Welcome Guest
Log In | Register )
The time is now 7:48 pm
You last visited September 2, 2014, 7:38 pm
All times shown are
Eastern Time (GMT-5:00)

Mega Millions jackpot winner headed to divorce court

Mega MillionsMega Millions: Mega Millions jackpot winner headed to divorce court

The wife of Mega Millionaire Juan Rodriguez has filed for divorce, demanding her slice of the $149 million jackpot even before the check has been cut to her hubby.

Iris Rodriguez never bothered with the expense of the divorce when Juan was worth a whole lotta nothing, neighbors and friends told The Post.

She had kicked her husband out after months of bickering over how broke he was. But she had started a reconciliation with him just before he won.

Now Iris sees a chance to cash in and get out of the marriage, neighbors said.

Since the couple have been married for nearly two decades, a judge could grant her half of his winnings in the divorce.

That would amount to nearly $30 million, since Juan, who opted for a lump-sum payout, will get about $60 million after taxes.

A former parking-garage attendant, Juan bought the ticket for the Nov. 19 Mega Millions drawing just two days after declaring bankruptcy. He had a slew of creditors and only 78 cents in the bank.

Iris celebrated with Juan and his family for a few nights after the drawing. She was all smiles and hugs for TV cameras.

But relatives say Thanksgiving was the last time everyone was together. Iris filed the divorce papers Monday, just 10 days after Juan hit the jackpot.

The filing even included a motion to get his Ozone Park apartment.

Her lawyers would not comment on the filing yesterday.

According to court records, Juan does not have a lawyer and is representing himself.

Even though he has quit his job at the East Side parking garage, Juan remains in a strange purgatory between rags and riches, relatives said.

He's been staying in a Manhattan hotel with his nephew, according to his brother-in-law, Dennis Herrera.

"It was supposed to only take a week or two to get the money," Herrera said. "Everybody wants to know where the money is, and no one believes me that we don't have it yet. So Juan is staying in Manhattan. He just wants quiet."

A source said lottery officials were served papers in connection with the divorce filing. Lottery officials wouldn't comment on whether the divorce action would bar them from making the payout.

A court date for the divorce is set for Jan. 21 in Queens Supreme Court.

NY Post

We'd love to see your comments here!  Register for a FREE membership — it takes just a few moments — and you'll be able to post comments here and on any of our forums. If you're already a member, you can Log In to post a comment.

22 comments. Last comment 10 years ago by fire42u.
Page 1 of 2
jeffrey's avatar - moon
Hamilton, OH
United States
Member #4162
March 27, 2004
277 Posts
Offline
Posted: December 6, 2004, 9:12 am - IP Logged

Gee, I guess she's like a woman who only wants money. What is that called again? Oh, yeah, a whore. Hope she gets exactly what is coming to her. I'm imagining something nasty of coarse.

    urbossmanpimpin's avatar - batman49
    Dallas, Texas
    United States
    Member #7272
    September 28, 2004
    179 Posts
    Offline
    Posted: December 6, 2004, 4:21 pm - IP Logged

    it will be quite interesting to see how this story unfolds.....I wonder how the pregnant daughter feels?


      United States
      Member #379
      June 5, 2002
      11296 Posts
      Offline
      Posted: December 6, 2004, 4:30 pm - IP Logged

      I think she'll get something down the line.

        urbossmanpimpin's avatar - batman49
        Dallas, Texas
        United States
        Member #7272
        September 28, 2004
        179 Posts
        Offline
        Posted: December 6, 2004, 4:35 pm - IP Logged

        oh yeah she gone get something. They were married for 20yrs. 

          fwlawrence's avatar - Yavill
          Austin
          United States
          Member #9378
          December 6, 2004
          195 Posts
          Offline
          Posted: December 6, 2004, 6:02 pm - IP Logged

          Probably the next lottery winner to go bankrupt.

            Avatar
            New Member
            New York, New York
            United States
            Member #9391
            December 6, 2004
            5 Posts
            Offline
            Posted: December 6, 2004, 11:26 pm - IP Logged
            Quote: Originally posted by jeffrey on December 6, 2004



            Gee, I guess she's like a woman who only wants money. What is that called again? Oh, yeah, a whore. Hope she gets exactly what is coming to her. I'm imagining something nasty of coarse.





            You have it completely wrong Iris is nothing close to a whore. She has been married to Juan for nearly 20 yrs. The reason they separated a while ago was because of money problems and now the reason they are separating is because of money problems. I know exactly what happened she and Juan were staying together in a Hotel with Katty everything was fine. But a bit after Thanksgiving Iris Juan and Katty were discussing how the money would be used. Iris brought up that she wanted 5 million in a bank account for herself just for her peace of mind and 3 million for Katty so she wouldnt have to be asking for money all the time. Juan got upset and counteroffered 1 million for Iris and 100,000 for Katty in personal accounts. We are talking here about a man who has a fortune of nearly 60 million dollars. When I talked to Iris that night I told her if she divorced him she would get around 30 million  minus all the divorce costs. You guys don't know Juan he is gonna be in strip clubs spending away and living the party and bachelor life wether he was with his wife or not. All Iris is wanting to do is save as much money as possible so if Juan would spend all of his money she and Katty and the baby would still have money left to live for the rest of their life very comfortably. They are on talking terms but she just doesnt want Juan to go and spend her part of the money on other women.

             


             

              Avatar
              New Member

              United States
              Member #3847
              February 25, 2004
              3 Posts
              Offline
              Posted: December 7, 2004, 1:47 am - IP Logged

              Wow.  That just goes to show there are always two sides to every story.  Hopefully the wife and daughter will be able to get what they need to be comfortable, and he will get his act together so he doesn't end up losing everything.

                urbossmanpimpin's avatar - batman49
                Dallas, Texas
                United States
                Member #7272
                September 28, 2004
                179 Posts
                Offline
                Posted: December 7, 2004, 2:17 am - IP Logged

                OOH well thank you for clarifying that.  In that case I hope she does get what she needs.

                  Avatar
                  Portland
                  United States
                  Member #7262
                  September 27, 2004
                  111 Posts
                  Offline
                  Posted: December 7, 2004, 1:41 pm - IP Logged

                  Hi! How much she will get!

                  Unbelievable ... this wife! Reading many horrible stories, I told to myself I trust no one!heehee, SOOO!

                   I hope I cant win the Big Jackpot before marriage,,,,heheheh! If not I would  be very...very... angry ....


                    United States
                    Member #5387
                    July 2, 2004
                    28 Posts
                    Offline
                    Posted: December 7, 2004, 8:41 pm - IP Logged

                    What a bitch this guys wife is. and they wonder why so many husbands murder there wives. and what this woman doesn't realize is the stinking lawyer she has is going to get a third of what she is awarded. these divorce courts are screwed up we men get shafted in these courts.

                      Dreamer77's avatar - radar
                      New Member

                      United States
                      Member #662
                      September 3, 2002
                      19 Posts
                      Offline
                      Posted: December 7, 2004, 11:19 pm - IP Logged

                      Ye'p it is amazing to know that this cat watches this web site along with his family nad all the people in his neighbor hood amazing small worl huh.

                      What you see will be if you focus and hear: You can be steer; In the direction of the key: Opens the door for us to be. Let yours eyes see; the things you do not see. And there you will smile.

                        Dreamer77's avatar - radar
                        New Member

                        United States
                        Member #662
                        September 3, 2002
                        19 Posts
                        Offline
                        Posted: December 7, 2004, 11:21 pm - IP Logged

                        To bad he cant send us some of his change before he blows it away.

                        When you waste money / If its true what the above lady says he's going to do with it. He will be broke in about 6 months.

                        What you see will be if you focus and hear: You can be steer; In the direction of the key: Opens the door for us to be. Let yours eyes see; the things you do not see. And there you will smile.

                          dvdiva's avatar - 8ball

                          United States
                          Member #2338
                          September 17, 2003
                          2063 Posts
                          Offline
                          Posted: December 8, 2004, 2:22 am - IP Logged
                          Quote: Originally posted by TRod on December 6, 2004

                          You have it completely wrong Iris is nothing ...






                          I'm so glad lawyers and p.r. firms have found this board.
                            jeffrey's avatar - moon
                            Hamilton, OH
                            United States
                            Member #4162
                            March 27, 2004
                            277 Posts
                            Offline
                            Posted: December 8, 2004, 11:38 am - IP Logged

                            Let's see separated then together after major windfall.  I agree she will get something. Why weren't they divorced before? She would probably get something even if they were divorced. I don't care what he does with the money. It is his. They were separated. This whole country is full of people who think they are entitled. Marriage is for better or worse. It can't just be for better.

                            I sincerely hope she is a wonderful person but I'm a little jaded by past lottery winners' stories. The cemetary caretaker in my town won 2 mil in the lottery and his life has been horrible ever since. His best friend sued him for half. Another man in my area was sued by his daughter for spending her future inheritance. This tells me that lawyers deserve the slimey reputations they have.

                            You have to admit, we have heard the win/divorce story before. At least the posting produced a response.