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Should Mega Millions Winner Holly Lahti Split Winnings with Abusive Husband?

January 24, 2011

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?

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Jonathan Hughes permalink
    January 24, 2011 1:26 pm

    God says to to do good to those that despitefully use you,and to love our enemies. That means to split the amount with her husband. ;I would also suggest both of you,and even your children to see a type of Chiropractic found on http://www.upcspine.com. there are practitioners in your state. They are as a group called upper cervical “specific’ Knee Chest,and Pettibon are techniques not mentioned on upcspine, but they are good techniques. This can help more things than you realize. Keep appointments to keep track of progress.

  2. Jamie Parsons permalink
    December 29, 2011 9:23 am

    I am responding to ask if I could use this photo in a video about Domestic Violence entitled “I Don’t Need This Hurt Anymore” featuring an original song of the same name. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to TAP (Total Action against Poverty) and Sabrina’s House (A safe place where residents of the Women’s Shelter can meet with their families.

    I need to know who the copyright holder is, along with contact information. Can you help?

    Many thanks,

    Jamie Parsons

  3. rosehips permalink
    December 29, 2011 12:43 pm

    Wish I knew who to credit this photo to. Sorry, I do not have that info. I got the pic off the web, but failed to note the source. Sorry Jamie

  4. Jamie Parsons permalink
    December 29, 2011 2:01 pm

    Thanks anyway

  5. January 8, 2012 10:38 pm

    No, I don’t think she should have to split the winnings. It’s ridiculous.

    And to Jonathan: it must be easy to be a man and say something like that. I’d like to see how willing you are to give money to someone who beats the shit out of you. Marriage has, for centuries, been used as a patriarchal institution to subjugate women. I think, though things have changed, this case is evidence that the days of marriage being used to keep women in line are not over. That money is hers.

    Also, to the author: if the VICTIM OF ABUSE does not want her image plastered all over the internet, is it so hard to respect her wishes? The media had a field day, as per usual, with smearing it all over the place. Just because her mug shots “are publicly available” and her wishes for privacy, that sadly, like many victims of rape and abuse, are not being honored, does that mean it’s ethically right for you to post her picture in yet another location? I myself hadn’t seen any gruesome images like the one you posted here, and I feel as if I am violating this victim just by looking at it. Furthermore, the more images and private information disclosed, the more trauma a victim experiences. Why isn’t her husband the abuser’s personal images and information being displayed? Why only hers? The victim, as if we should make entertainment out of her suffering. If “most” of your readers have, as you say “seen it,” posting the image is unnecessary. While I understand that the public should face the ugly reality of abuse, using a victim as example against her wishes strikes me as unethical.

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