• Superior Court
  • Hartford J.D., at Hartford
  • FA11-4059128S
  • Dec 10 2013 (Date Decided)
  • Westbrook, J.

A party who allegedly wins a lottery ticket and attempts to conceal or transfer his winnings, in violation of the court's automatic order, can be found in contempt of court. The parties married in 1994. The husband, 69, worked for Amtrak until he retired in 2006. The wife, 63, worked as an administrator at Konica Minolta Business Solutions and handled the family finances. The parties agreed to divide the marital assets equally. They did not agree about the amount of money that was subject to division as a marital asset as a result of the husband's winning lottery ticket. After the husband filed for divorce in September 2011, he purchased a winning lottery ticket, in or about December. The husband signed the lottery ticket and placed it in a safe deposit box. In March 2012, the husband and two of his relatives went to the Connecticut Lottery Commission, and each received a check in the amount of $227,667. The husband disclosed to the wife that he had won $200,000 from a lottery ticket. The wife's attorney discovered that the husband actually had won $1 million. The court found that the husband's net award from the lottery ticket was $683,002 and that the lottery ticket was an asset of the marriage. The court found that the husband was in contempt of court, because he allegedly concealed and transferred property, without the wife's consent, in violation of the court's clear order. The court ordered the husband to pay the wife $224,334, as her share of the winning lottery ticket. The court awarded the husband real property in North Carolina and the wife the marital residence in Connecticut. The court awarded each party bank accounts, investments and motor vehicles.