Woman gets share of late lover’s $5 mn lottery prize

May 31st, 2011 - 3:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Shanghai, May 31 (IANS) A woman in China has been awarded part of her late lover’s five million yuan (about $770,000) lottery win by a court, despite not marrying him.

The couple shared a relationship for 20 years, which the Songjiang District People’s Court Monday acknowledged to be a common law marriage, Shanghai Daily reported Tuesday.

The court ruled that Zhang and her daughter should receive more than two million yuan in cash while a villa and car should go to her stepson.

Zhang, a retired teacher, started living with her partner Li in 1988.

The couple, however, avoided registering their marriage.

In 2002, Li won a lottery prize of five million yuan. He bought a villa and a car. The family moved into the villa.

Li died of a heart attack in 2007.

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