Should Mega Millions Winner Holly Lahti Split Winnings with Abusive Husband?
I searched for the good part of half an hour for a pretty picture of Mega Millions lottery winner Holly Lahti. I saw the pic online right after the the story came out about Holly’s estranged husband being eligible to split her jackpot. Her attractive photo seems to have been scrubbed from the internet. I saw a comment on an article that she did not want her personal information, including photo, being made public. Unfortunately, her criminal record, including mug shot, are public records.
In 2003, Holly and her husband were arrested on domestic violence charges. Her photo taken after her arrest shows a very beaten face. I’m sure most of you have seen it. Since charges were dropped for both Holly and her husband, Josh, it is unclear if the charge against Holly was warranted. It is obvious from her bruised and battered face that she was a victim that day. She and her husband have been separated since then, but since they are legally still married in the state of Idaho, she is required to split her winnings with him.
Holly has elected to take the cash payout and after taxes she will receive over $80 million dollars.
Do you think she should be required to give half to the man who abused her?