A girlfriend sues her boyfriend over his recent Powerball win of $338 million, citing that he used her money to buy the ticket. However, lawyers argue that she won’t get anything because they were not a legally married couple.
Originally, Pedro Quezada, 45, was going to buy Ines Sanchez “whatever she wants” with the money. Lawyers are now arguing that Quezada purchased the ticket with the Powerball money earned by the couple. In 2006, Quezada and Sanchez jointly opened a bodega in Passaic, New Jersey, which was run by Quezada’s son Casiano.
Sanchez and Quezada have a child together as well as children from previous relationships.
Last spring Quezada drew the winning ticket worth $338.3 million. It’s the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history. After taxes Quezada received a check for $152 million.
On Friday Superior Court Chancery Judge Margaret Mary McVeigh decided not to throw out the lawsuit, but she did deny Sanchez’s request to freeze Quezada’s Powerball money until a trial and verdict determines if she is entitled to a portion of the winnings. According to The Record, the judge explained that while she acknowledged the long term relationship Sanchez and Quezada shared as well as Sanchez’s contributions to the household, she legally she could not restrain Quezada’s assets.
Clifton resident Pedro Quezada,who won millions in the Powerball lottery, appears in Superior Court on Nov. 8, 2013. A judge deniedd Quezada’s former girlfriend Ines Sanchez, whom he lived with for 10 years, request to freeze Quezada’s assets until her fair share can be determined in court.
“That’s what money does to people: It changes positive relationships into bad ones,” McVeigh said. “It doesn’t always enhance a relationship, or bring out people’s better qualities. Her [Sanchez's] life has been up-ended by this winning ticket…But I am a judge. I don’t create the law. I have to follow it,” she said.
The Record reported that the judge went on to explain that “something in writing” was needed.