Spouses not entitled to lottery winnings

Julia Kollewe
Lottery winners
Lottery winners

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Whose turn is it to buy the lottery ticket? A landmark court ruling could send couples competing for that honour.

A High Court judge has ruled that if someone wins the lottery, their spouse has no rights to any of the winnings unless they are invested in a shared asset such as the family home. If the money is put in a bank account, the lucky winner could walk out of a relationship without having to share any of the jackpot.