Couple lost love but will share Lotto money

To stress the strength of their love, a couple in Kavala bought a Lotto lottery ticket together but, when it won, the man said the prize was his alone, leading to a break up and eight years of court cases. The issue went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ordered the two to divide the 141.8 million drachmas (416,140 euros), in a ruling by the Civil Section reported by the Athens News Agency on Saturday. The unmarried man and the woman, who were not named, had bought the Lotto lottery ticket before the drawing on Oct. 21, 1995. The man had held onto the ticket, which cost 1,555 drachmas (4.56 euros). When their number won, the two went to the Lotto agent’s office together but the man claimed the prize was his alone. The following day, the woman visited a lawyer, basing her claim for half the money on the testimony of the Lotto agent and her daughter, who remembered the couple jointly buying the ticket.

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