Ex-girlfriend sues $338m lotto winner for a share of the winnings after he dumped her following jackpot
Pedro Quezada (right) and his ex-girlfriend Ines
Sanchez at a press conference in March. Quezada, a New Jersey
convenience store owner won the $338 million Powerball lottery in March.
Sanchez says she deserves a cut of the fortune.
A lottery winner's ex-girlfriend is suing over a Powerball
win she claims belongs to her, in part. Pedro Quezada of New Jersey was
sued by Inez Sanchez, a woman said to be his longtime girlfriend of ten
years. While her claim to freeze his assets was denied, the lawsuit for
a portion of the $338 million lotto prize money is pending, according to a Nov. 10 ABC News story.
Quezada's former girlfriend sued over the Powerball winning ticket
because she believes her domestic relationship entitles her to a part of
the lotto money received back in the spring.
According to Sanchez's attorneys, their client was Quezada's lover
for ten years, they shared a home and child together, and were
owners-operators of a grocery store in Passaic.
Nonetheless, Quezada's lawyers contend that the ex-girlfriend's
lawsuit over the Powerball ticket should be dropped because the couple
has never been married.
Lawyers for the Powerball winner
claim that most of the money is gone: $300,000 was spent on the Clifton
home, $5 million was donated, $57 million was sent home to the
Dominican Republic (Quezada's native country), and $20 million remains
All this amounts to $82,300,000, but the lucky lottery winner
received $152 million after taxes. That's a difference of $69,700,000,
potentially remaining in dispute.
Should the ex-girlfriend have sued over the Powerball winnings?