Thursday, November 14, 2013
Last spring, Pedro Quezada of Passaic, New Jersey was the sole winner of one of the largest lottery winnings ever, a $338 million Powerball jackpot (worth about $152 million after taxes). He is now in the midst of a heated legal battle with his former girlfriend over the money.
Quezada and Inez Sanchez lived together for ten years, shared ownership of a grocery store, and have a child together. The attorneys for Sanchez claim she purchased the ticket based on the couple’s shared earnings. Quezada’s attorney argues she has no claim to the money because they were never married.
The Superior Court judge refused to dismiss the lawsuit but denied a request from Sanchez to freeze the lottery winnings, saying the court has no legal framework for restraining the assets.
See The Associated Press, NJ Man, Ex-Girlfriend in Court over Powerball Win, Tuscaloosa News, Nov. 9, 2013.