Woman Says Ex Ran Away With Winning Lottery Ticket Worth $500,000: Lawsuit

By JOHANNA LI
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A North Carolina woman is suing her ex after she said a winning lottery ticket she purchased was stolen from her.

Jasmine Watkins of Charlotte said she won the Lucky for Life lottery, in which she could get $25,000 a year for the rest of her life, or take home a $500,000 lump sum.

After realizing she won, Watkins said she then gave the ticket, which she said she bought, to her girlfriend to hold on to it as they made plans to go to Raleigh together to collect her prize, according to the lawsuit.

Instead, her now-ex-girlfriend took the ticket and claimed the prize for herself, the lawsuit alleges.

Watkins said there were no discussions to split the money, despite the fact that the women were together at time of purchase and that they had purchased several other tickets together that day, according to WSCO.

The lottery claim is now under review, the North Carolina Education Lottery said in a statement to InsideEdition.com.

“The N.C. Education Lottery did receive a claim for a Lucky for Life prize of $25,000 a Year for Life. The claim was under review when the lottery learned that there was a legal dispute over ownership of winning ticket. No prize has been awarded in connection with this claim,” the statement reads.

The N.C. Education Lottery plans to follow the court’s decision with regard to the winnings, according to the statement.

InsideEdition.com was not able to get in touch with the woman being sued or her legal representation.

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