Mega Millions lottery winnings & the Colombian immigrants Iris and Juan Rodriguez case circa 2004
Okay. Obviously, I didn’t win Mega Millions last night as I predicted and so I won’t be sailing off, somewhere, across the Caspian Sea to Mauritius just yet…But I am intrigued with this topic since it is one of the top searches in Google today (Mega Millions lottery, that is), and since Mega Millions is now up to $171 million dollars.
So, of course I went digging to see if New York had seen a case that involved a couple who divorced after winning Mega and low and behold, I found Iris Rodriguez and Juan Rodriguez’s case that dates back to 2004.
Juan Rodriguez won $149 million just days after filing bankruptcy with 78 cents on the bank. He owed his creditors $40,000 when he filed. Days later, he hit lotto. Can you believe that? He must have done something amazingly good in his past life. That is crazy.
But a month later, his wife Iris Rodriguez slapped him with divorce papers and slapped the Lottery officials with an injunction, barring them from paying Juan a dime till they had settled the case.
Isn’t that wild? I don’t know how the case ended up. I am still searching for info on that, but I found this archived Daily News article on the case here: http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/2005/03/05/2005-03-05_mega_bucks_on_the_line_lotte.html
Wow! Where was I five year ago? I never heard of this story till today! But as I mentioned in this post yesterday, lottery winnings are marital property and the law is that it is usually split down the middle, 50/50 no matter which spouse bought the ticket. So I would be really surprised if Iris didn’t walk away with half that loot after taxes. Anybody know what happened in that case?….oh. Wait. Who am I talking to? My freaking self. Nobody reads this blog except for maybe two people in Manhattan. Oh well, they don’t know what they are missing, so there.
Read yesterday’s post about Divorce and Lotteries here: http://www.divorcesaloon.com/lotto-winnings-and-divorce
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