November 11th, 2013
10:05 AM ET

Ex-Girlfriend Wants Share Of $338M Powerball Jackpot

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?

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  1. Tim

    There's some pretty significant information missing from this story. Mainly, when exactly did the couple break up? Did they break up AFTER he won the lottery or did they break up BEFORE he won the lottery. That makes a HUGE difference as to the actual details of this story. They may have been together for 10 years, been broken up for 10 years, and then he wins the lottery. They may have been together for 9.5 years, dude wins the lottery, they go another 5 months, then break up. 2 totally different situations

    December 10, 2013 at 7:39 am | Reply
  2. Mary

    top 2 responses when some one is asked what they would do if they won the lottery? 1- quit job. 2 – leave their relationship...this generally comes from women; but hey, who am I to judge?

    December 4, 2013 at 6:44 am | Reply
  3. Emma

    Why should he share his earnings? They were broken up when he won...his only responsibility is to their long as the child is taken care of that's all that should matter.

    December 3, 2013 at 9:22 am | Reply
  4. Kenny T

    It funny everyone is calling him a jerk but yet do not know why they are no longer together...but it has to be his fault!

    November 22, 2013 at 8:11 am | Reply
  5. Bryon Letterman

    I'd give her a million of it just to shut her up. Throw a handful of money at her saying, "get the f#@ck outta my face!"

    November 21, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  6. Nor

    So she was good enough to live with prior to being a rich man but now that he is rich it's see ya?! If that is accurate what a jerk! He has got soooooo much money that even if he gave her 10 million it wouldn't hurt him financially. He's teaching his child to be greedy, not setting an example of love, and that it's okay to stomp on people (and once loved one) when you're on top of the world. KARMA will find you if you don't change your ways

    November 19, 2013 at 7:30 am | Reply
  7. jamie

    HA! What a moron, either he or she is greedy, that why you don't give the milk for free. Sue , sue for child support my dear.

    November 18, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  8. Dale

    Exes are exes for a reason , maybe not good reasons all the time but there's a reason she is an ex . Otherwise they would be enjoying the good live together .

    November 18, 2013 at 8:36 am | Reply
  9. matt

    There is a reason they broke up and are not still living together. So why in the world should he give her any money? Make sure your child never wants for the basic things in life -shelter, food, medicine, etc., but why is the man obligated to give millions of dollars to his ex, whom he no longer wishes to be around?

    November 18, 2013 at 8:35 am | Reply
  10. ann lachance

    What a greedy person he via, if she was a good woman to him and a good mother, then because he would want God to bless his good fortune, he should gave her and his kid some, or else he may not live long enough to enjoy it, Karma is a bitch,

    November 17, 2013 at 10:25 am | Reply
  11. Janet

    Correction: if he took the lump sum payment, it will be much less than 338 million, but still way too much for one person; in Canada we get the whole amount, but then we never get to the huge numbers they do in the U.S. One last word: before the Fall of the Roman Empire, there were huge lotteries similar to those in the U.S.

    November 16, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Reply
    • Pat

      Canada? I've never heard of that state!

      November 25, 2013 at 10:50 am | Reply
  12. Janet

    Not only is this guy a jerk, but also has no compassion. What on earth can he do with all that money? People like him deserve to lose it all, like a lot of greedy lottery winners do. Karma catches up with everyone and he'll be begging on the streets in his next life, if not this one. Give the woman who shared your bed and had a child with you at least 50 million. It's not going to put a dent into the 338 million you have, after all you didn't work for the money, it was a gift from heaven and you should view this as a blessing to share with those close to you.

    November 16, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  13. Name*

    What a jerk

    November 15, 2013 at 9:44 am | Reply
  14. Amanda

    Sharing lottery winnings would all depend on why we broke up. I'm sure the guy will do right by his kid, but after ten years, he knows best what she does or does not deserve from him.

    November 15, 2013 at 7:55 am | Reply
  15. Kelly

    If I were a man and had a child with the woman that I lived with for 10 years then yes I would share some of the money BUT not half. I most definitely would set up a college fund for my child and pay more than the required child support in addition to the college fund.

    November 13, 2013 at 9:17 am | Reply
  16. Leila Ramero

    If I lived with that person for 10 YEARS my answer is absoutely YES! I would share my winnings with that person. I would feel sorry for that person if i don't at least give her/him some of it before other people or strangers and charities. Money can turn anyone into something that's not very pleasant if you are greedy.

    November 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Reply

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