Husband Should Have Filed for Divorce Before Big Lotto Win

moneyA couple in Indiana has found themselves in quite the pickle. Ericka Prather and Chris Proffitt have been married since 2008, but estranged for years. The couple hasn't been living together, either, and their two children live with Ericka. It sounds like your classic tale of a failed relationship on the verge of a divorce but then, then! things get really interesting.

One afternoon, Chris calls Ericka and is all, Um, can we hurry this whole divorce thing along? And she's all, Why? Did you win the lottery or something? And he's all, Yeah, big time.

He didn't just win the lottery, Chris won the lottery. He scored $34.5 million in the Hoosier Lotto Jackpot. You can understand why things are getting kind of hairy.

Now, Ericka's got a lawyer and is claiming that she's entitled to half his money. If you're wondering why this is starting to sound familiar, it's kind of like what happened in that Ashton Kutcher, Cameron Diaz movie What Happens in Vegas, except Ericka and Chris aren't as good looking, and there's no Lake Bell character to provide some much needed comedic relief.

Fact is, they're married. So ... under the law ... looks like Ericka could be getting one amazing pay day. It's not necessarily fair to Chris, but let this be a lesson to everyone out there who's putting off signing those divorce papers. You could win the lotto tomorrow and have to give your not-so-better half half of your oh-so-better fortune.

So get out the pens, people, and start getting some ink down on paper lest Lady Luck pays you some sort of twisted visit before you're unmarried.

Would you go after half of your estranged husband's lotto winnings?


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Tiffany Smith

She has the kids and deserves her half.

Stacey. Stacey.


This is a pickle I would love to be in.

yazzy91 yazzy91

What an idiot! He should have told her haha they haven't been married long enough for er to get spousal support but ofcourse he'd pay child support. Wow lucky guy and the wife too.

MMbales MMbales

She doesn't deserve a red cent. If there is such a thing as common law marriage there should be common law divorce. Of course, her kids should get a generous child support payments. 

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

Hahaha idiots shoulda got the divorce. She shouldn't get a cent. The kids however should get the support.

PonyC... PonyChaser

I don't understand why this is such an issue. Even if she DOES get half (and assuming the $34.5 is the after-tax amount), he'd still have $17.25 MILLION. He can't make it on that???

Honestly, he should happily give her half, part ways amicably, look WAY good in front of his kids because he handled it in a generous and mature way, and thank his lucky stars that he ended up on Easy Street.

zandh... zandhmom2

I personaly wouldn't go after half unless he wasn't paying child support while separated but I would insist that he set up college funds and trust funds for the kids.

DebaLa DebaLa

That's the law, they're married, absolutely she should get it. And it's not like she's demanding his hard-earned pension. It's a windfall for both of them.

nonmember avatar q

SOOOO sad! He may only end up with 17 million dollars for doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Tough cheese! She's been raising the kids without child support, and the law is the law, she WILL be getting half! Good for her!

the4m... the4mutts

No I would not! I would be happy for my ex husband!

And you know what? My ex husband would give me half. Why? Because we're not bitter, immature children. He respects me as the mother of his kids, and would want his kids set up at my house, as much as at his.

I would give my ex half of any big time winnings I got as well.

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