August 26, 1999

Man Must Share Lottery Winnings
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A man who had been separated from his wife for seven years when he hit a $16 million lottery jackpot must share his winnings with his former spouse, a court ruled.

The state Appellate Court upheld a divorce decree awarding Roxanna Panganiban $6,000 a month in support from her ex-husband, Alan Panganiban.

Panganiban was unemployed when the couple married in New London in 1979. They frequently received welfare in Connecticut until he moved out of the state in March 1985, according to court documents.

In September 1992, Panganiban won $16 million in the Powerball Lottery with a ticket he purchased in Delaware.

After finding out about his lottery windfall, Mrs. Panganiban filed for divorce. A Connecticut judge dissolved the marriage, awarding her sole custody of the couple's son and $6,000 a month in alimony for 10 years.

Panganiban said the decree was inapplicable because he had not lived in Connecticut for several years. The appellate court disagreed, saying he spent most of his married life in the state.

The justices said the lower court was right to consider the lottery prize in fixing the alimony amount.

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