Judge Mr Justice Mostyn orders that husband is entitled to money from his ex-wife’s lottery win

October 18th, 2011 - 10:39 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

London, Oct 18 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A British man will be smiling all the way to the bank after a court awarded him a chunk of his ex-wife’s lottery win. The man, who was only dentified as a hotel porter, will be given a share of the £500,000 lottery that his ex-wife won.

Judge Mr Justice Mostyn ordered that the man is entitled to a total of £85,000. The amount will have to be paid as a lump sum to the man. Though the judge admitted that the lottery money was not part of the former couple’s matrimonial properties, the woman will have to give the money to the ex-husband because she used part of the money to purchase a house.

The judge explained that by buying the house, the woman converted part of the amount to matrimonial property. The judge ordered that the parties involved in the case should not be identified.

In giving his ruling, the judge wrote that, “In this case I (had) to consider the treatment to be awarded to a lottery prize of £500,000 in financial remedy proceedings following divorce. There have been at least five reported decisions on the subject in Australia. To my knowledge there has been no reported decision on the subject here.”

The ruling will no doubt generate debate in the United Kingdom.

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