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    Man divorces wife before claiming lotto prize

    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.

    Swofford said he remembered reading about a divorce case where a lottery winner kept it a secret and was penalized in court.


    http://edition.cnn.com/2005/US/01/06....ap/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casshew
    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.

    Swofford said he remembered reading about a divorce case where a lottery winner kept it a secret and was penalized in court.


    http://edition.cnn.com/2005/US/01/06....ap/index.html
    Well I think thats fair enough for the wife (more than fair actually)considering they have been seperated for 3 years.
    BUT FOR THE SON, ripped off or what only 1 million, the guy (winner) is the father and for cripes sake he won $60 mill.
    Me thinks the guy (winner) is a selfish SOB when it came to his son.

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    Just my worth. Some days/posts thats real value, on others, I might need to give back change! IMO

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    I don't think the son will be ripped off in the long run because the father will probably have to make some hefty child support payments.

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    If he enjoys his son and is in his life and continues to see him, some or all of his father's estate could logically go to him upon death.
    This is my opinion, and change is good.

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    The guy got off easy!