I married a few years ago but feel like splitting up. I do the lottery every week and have been near the jackpot several times. I buy the lottery ticket from my salary and my wife is never involved. If I leave her and win would the winnings be mine or would I have to share it with her ?By: דיאנה שאלתיאל•Published on: 12 May, 2022
In general if a couple are married and live together then any lottery winnings will be joint property to be balanced out between them upon divorce, according to the principles of the 1973 Spouses’ Property Relations Act. It does not matter which of them buys the ticket and with whose money, unless it is clearly agreed otherwise from the outset. If, however, the man clearly separates from his wife, buys a ticket and wins the lottery then the winnings will be his only and not joint property, even if he is still not divorced.