Well here’s an interesting, if not altogether confusing decision from the High Court in London. Is the court really saying that one spouse has no right to the other’s lottery winnings, absent a few exceptions (well this IS the law so there are always exceptions)?
If so, the moral of the story is, buy your own lottery tickets, don’t spend the money of anything for or used by your spouse (e.g., matrimonial property), and then walk away with the winnings!
If only. Bear in mind that this case arose in the context of division of martial property upon divorce and so it’s open to see how this would be applied in other situations.
I’m off to pick my numbers now.