A woman identified as Denise Rossi has been ordered by a court to give her ex-husband all the lottery money she won.
The wife who lives in the United States divorced her husband, Thomas Rossi after winning N1.5 billion, but he found out by accident.
A Los Angeles family court ruled that the entire lottery winning should go to her estranged hubby for trying to conceal it during their divorce.
Denise won the jackpot 11 days before she filed for divorce after 25 years of marriage, and kept her earnings to herself during the divorce proceedings by not disclosing them to Thomas or the judge.
However, a letter from a firm that compensated lottery winners was accidentally delivered to Thomas’s apartment two years after their divorce, and he called for a review of the prior agreement.
When he learned that his ex-wife had won N1,500,000,000 in the California State Lottery and was earning N25 million a year, he was astounded.
He filed a lawsuit against her for failing to disclose her assets to the state as well as for acting dishonestly and maliciously.
The entire lottery winnings from Denise were given to Thomas per the court judgement.
According to the judge, if Denise had been honest from the beginning, she would have been able to keep half of the money, but by hiding it, she forfeited her claim to it.