Patterson, N.J. (AP) – A New Jersey man who won a $338 million Powerball jackpot, among the largest lottery winnings, is embroiled in a court fight with his former girlfriend over the money.
Pedro Quezada of Passaic was the sole winner of the Powerball drawing last spring, worth about $152 million after taxes.
His lawyer argues that Inez Sanchez has no claim to the money because the couple were never married.
But attorneys for Sanchez say Quezada purchased the ticket based on the couple’s shared earnings. Sanchez and Quezada lived together for 10 years, have a child together, and shared ownership of a grocery store in Passaic, attorneys say.
Superior Court Chancery Judge Margaret Mary McVeigh refused to dismiss the lawsuit and she denied a request from Sanchez to freeze Quezada’s lottery winnings, pending the outcome of a trial to determine if she is entitled to a share of the money, The Record reported Saturday.