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Dutch court rules woman who won lottery during divorce can keep it all

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AMSTERDAM — A woman who won a €2.1 million (US$2.3 million) lottery prize during a divorce has no obligation to share it with her ex-husband, according to a Dutch court decision published on Tuesday.

The Amsterdam District Court ruling said the couple had listed the shared assets they wished to divide at the time they filed for divorce on Oct. 20, 2014, though the divorce was not formally granted until June 2015. The woman won the Post Code Lottery on New Year's Day 2015.

The man had argued that he and his estranged wife always played the lottery using shared household funds during their 30-year marriage, and it should be included in their divorce settlement.

But the judge noted they had separated their finances at least four years earlier when he went to live with his new girlfriend. The woman paid for the winning ticket from her own bank account.

"The above means that the prize won did not belong to their joint assets and that the court will hold the prize apart in its division of goods," the written decision said. The ruling was made on Dec. 23 and published Tuesday.

The judge divided up the couple's other assets, which amounted to less than €10,000 in value.

Reuters

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RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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Posted: December 29, 2015, 2:27 pm - IP Logged

The old theory of many ex-spouses "what's mines is all mines and half of what's yours is mines too" isn't always true in court.

 * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
   
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    Posted: December 29, 2015, 2:31 pm - IP Logged

    Nice try A<hole>.......... another one bites the dust, hey, hey!

    "Don't be a Dummy, Make 'Dat Money"

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      Posted: December 29, 2015, 3:31 pm - IP Logged

      Surprised that the judge ruled in her favor since the divorce wasn't finalized.

      May the balls bounce in your favor!

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        Posted: December 29, 2015, 4:18 pm - IP Logged

        Surprised that the judge ruled in her favor since the divorce wasn't finalized.

        Wonder if him moving out with the new women 4 yrs earlier had any effect (or is it affect? always get them reversed- lol!)

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          Posted: December 29, 2015, 4:24 pm - IP Logged

          Wonder if him moving out with the new women 4 yrs earlier had any effect (or is it affect? always get them reversed- lol!)

          I believe his moving out four years earlier with a new women affected the judges decision to the effect of"NO LOTTO LOOT"!

            I'm feeling a jackpot win coming my way!

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            Posted: December 29, 2015, 4:32 pm - IP Logged

            I believe his moving out four years earlier with a new women affected the judges decision to the effect of"NO LOTTO LOOT"!

            Don't forget that old adage," Hell Hath No Fury, Like A Woman Scorned."

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              Posted: December 29, 2015, 5:01 pm - IP Logged

              Don't forget that old adage," Hell Hath No Fury, Like A Woman Scorned."

              Men waste a lot of money $ chasing women but never run out of women when chasing money $ Wink

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                Posted: December 29, 2015, 5:15 pm - IP Logged

                wow - they split 10k euros worth of stuff and she keeps 2.1M euros.  i bet she just might be willing to let him keep ALL of their shared wealth at this point.

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                  Posted: December 29, 2015, 5:36 pm - IP Logged

                  HAHAHAHAAA!!!!

                  This makes me VERY happy!!   What a dummie!   He had a winner and got a loser!

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                    Posted: December 29, 2015, 6:32 pm - IP Logged

                    Surprised that the judge ruled in her favor since the divorce wasn't finalized.

                    You surprised?  I'm not. He probably thought he was going to win twice in a row by ..

                    1st: Ditching the wife and moving in with the girlfriend.

                    2nd- attempting to royally screw the wife over by getting a share of HER money years after he left.The judge made the correct decision.

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                      Posted: December 29, 2015, 7:45 pm - IP Logged

                      This has got to be THE BEST Christmas lottery story...EVAH!!!

                      And three cheers for the Dutch judicial system who got it right. Party

                      This man has been separated from his wife for 4 years, and while he was shacked up with another woman, had his finances 100% separate and apart from his wife, and he feels he's entitled to half of her winnings from a ticket she bought AFTER they filed for divorce? Is he insane? They were separated in every way possible. That the courts hadn't gotten around to finalizing the divorce is a secondary matter. 

                      And that nonsense about buying tickets together for 30 years means he's entitled to a share is <snip>amamie baloney. I'm sure they also shared incomes and future plans together for those 30 years. Does that mean she's entitled to a share of everything he made or was gifted with after they'd filed for divorce? Puh-lease. 

                      Sometimes, not often, but sometimes karma and irony unite and gifts us with a twofer. This is one of those times. And it is a thing of beauty. Jester Laugh

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                        Posted: December 29, 2015, 7:59 pm - IP Logged

                        He won't be able to afford to take his girlfriend out now.

                        Unless they go Dutch.

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                          Posted: December 29, 2015, 8:16 pm - IP Logged

                          Kind of surprised it took that long to divorce him. He made his own bed when he moved in with his girlfriend 4 years ago. Glad to hear that there is still common sense justice in this world.

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                            Posted: December 29, 2015, 8:30 pm - IP Logged

                            He won't be able to afford to take his girlfriend out now.

                            Unless they go Dutch.

                            WOW, that was bad...lol

                            Thud