Thursday, January 06, 2005

Win Lotto? Be sure to Get a Divorce first!

Hey Joe you just won the 60 million dollar Lotto prize, what are you going to do next?
I'm going to divorce my wife before I claim my prize!

Robert Swofford took more than a month to claim his $60 million prize...reason? He needed to divorce his wife first. Actually it was his wife that filed the papers...and if you read the story below I think you'll agree she should have got nothing!

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) -- It took Robert G. Swofford Jr. more than a month to come forward and claim his $60 million Lotto prize, but he had to take care of some unfinished business -- divorcing his wife.
Swofford, a postal worker from Seminole County, claimed his prize Tuesday in a $34.7 million lump sum payout, ending weeks of mystery about who won the November 24 drawing.

Swofford, 53, and his wife separated three years ago. But two weeks after the winning numbers were announced, Ann Swofford served him with divorce papers and claimed a share of the prize.
Just before Christmas, the Swoffords and their lawyers hammered out an agreement. His wife will get $5.25 million and $1 million will be set aside to support their 11-year-old son. In return, she agreed not to seek any more of Swofford's winnings.