Michigan man, 50, who won $ 80 million in the lottery DURING his divorce, he is told to give half to his wife, who is alienated from his wife
- Richard Zelasko and Mary Elizabeth Zelasko were married from 2004 to 2011
- She then asked for divorce and he won the lottery in 2013 while they were negotiating
- It was a $ 80 million Mega Millions and after taxes he won more than $ 38 million
- Now, a court arbitrator says that it is marital property and that Mary Elizabeth is entitled to half the money
- She claims she was the breadwinner during their marriage
A man from Michigan who won a $ 80 million lottery during his divorce has been told to give half of his windfall to his estranged wife.
Richard Anthony Zelasko  has been told that he must give his estranged wife Mary Elizabeth, 48, half the money he has received because an arbitrator handling their divorce finds marital property.
The couple from Pontiac, Michigan, were married between 2004 and September 2011, when Mary Elizabeth applied for divorce.
Richard Zelasko won $ 80 million in the Mega Millions in 2011, but after taxes and fees he stayed behind with $ 38 million
In 2013, while negotiating it, Richard won an $ 80 million Mega Millions lottery.
After taxes and fees, he ran away with a lump sum of more than $ 38 million.
Mary Elizabeth claims in legal documents obtained by DailyMail.com that she was the breadwinner and earned between $ 100,000 and $ 120,000 during their marriage, while Richard earned $ 36,000.
The couple has three children together.
In his decision, referee John Mills argued that, although it was his first winning ticket, it was probably not the first ticket Richard bought during their marriage, often using their shared money to get it.
& # 39; Because losses in the marriage have risen together, the profits must be shared together & # 39 ;, he said.
He also claimed that Richard had not given Mary Elizabeth financial support for their three children since their divorce.
In 2013, she received $ 15 million from the lottery money.
Richard has been fighting the decision since then, but the Michigan Court of Appeal confirmed the decision last week.
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