German Lottery Winner Runs Out of Luck in Court

By Brian Shields

Wed Oct 16th, 2013 6:59am America/Los_Angeles

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BERLIN -— A German federal court has ruled that a divorced man must pay his ex-wife $328,000 out of his winnings from a lottery ticket because they weren’t formally divorced at the time he won.

The Federal Court of Justice on Wednesday ended a lengthy legal battle between the pair, who had been separated for eight years when the man and his new partner won nearly 1 million euros in 2008.

The man only applied for and was granted a divorce in 2009.

The couple then battled their way through Germany’s court system over the ex-wife’s demand for half his share of the lottery winnings. She argued, ultimately successfully, that she was entitled to it because they were still married at the time.

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