The ex-girlfriend of Pedro Quezada, a man who won $338 million in New Jersey's Powerball last spring, is suing for her share after he dumped her.
Lawyers say Ines Sanchez, who lived Quezada for 10 years and shares a child with him, doesn't deserve any of the fortune because the couple was never legally married.
HLN's Joey Jackson said on "New Day" Monday, the issue here is New Jersey doesn't recognize common law jurisdictions.
Jackson: "Here's the problem. The problem is if you're married, then it's subject to equitable distribution, right? And that means that you split the proceeds... New Jersey is not a common law jurisdiction. There are ten states throughout the country that are common law jurisdictions where if you lived with someone for a specified amount of time, you're cohabitating, you're holding that person out to be your wife, the law says 'aha you're married.' Since Jersey is not one of them, that becomes problematic here."
If it was your $338M, would you share any of it with the person you lived with for a decade even if you didn't have to legally?