Not making it rain on them hoes…
Lottery Winner’s Live-In Girlfriend Takes Him To Court
Via NorthJersey reports:
If you expect part of a lottery winner’s fortune because you’ve already shared a long personal and business relationship, always remember: Get it in writing.
That was the reluctant decision of a state judge Friday, who cited state law in refusing to freeze the assets of Pedro Quezada, the Clifton man who won the $338-million Powerball jackpot last spring, pending the outcome of a trial to determine if his former live-in girlfriend is entitled to a share of the winnings.
Ines Sanchez and Quezada lived together for 10 years and shared ownership of a grocery store in Passaic, according to attorneys. Sanchez is the mother of one of Quezada’s children, while each also has children from other relationships
She moved out of the recently purchased Clifton home where they were living together last month, attorneys said, noting she has a domestic violence claim pending against Quezada. Quezada’s lawyers declined to comment on that or any aspect of the case.
Quezada chose a lump sum payout of $211 million and received a check for $152 million after taxes, according to state lottery officials.
A large chunk of the money already is gone — $57 million has been sent to the Dominican Republic, $5 million was given away, $300,000 was spent on the home in Clifton and $20 million can’t be located, according to attorney Michael De Marco of North Haledon, who is representing Sanchez.
“I think we’re kidding ourselves to say we’ll ever see any of that money again,” De Marco told state Superior Court Chancery Judge Margaret Mary McVeigh in arguing that the court should temporarily freeze the assets.
The attorney argued that irreparable harm will be done if the judge didn’t freeze all assets until the overall case is decided. “If he is permitted to continue this course of conduct, there will be nothing left to talk about,” he said of the money.
“This was a man and a woman in a relationship akin to marriage for 10 years, who have a child in common and lived with other children from other relationships,” De Marco said.
This is really sad. C’mon Pedro. Do the right thing. Work this out fairly. Ten years is a long time, and you do share a child. Just goes to show, money can’t buy you love and it can’t fix stupid. Do you think she deserves some of that gwap??