£2.9 million lottery winner in court fight with ex

Separated couple, Desmond Congdon, 53, and Maureen Todd, 52, are caught up in a bitter courtroom dispute over a £2,966,491 million winning lottery ticket.

Congdon and Todd, who met through a lonely hearts column and were engaged at the time, signed joint ownership of the ticket after the win in March 2004 and drew up joint wills. However, it is accepted that Congdon was the one who bought the ticket.

However, 15 months after the win, Congdon, who had an affair with Mrs Todd’s best friend, left Todd with a parting gift of just £10,000.

Since the win, Congdon is alleged to have gone on gambling sprees which included an extravagant trip to Epsom Racecourse and jaunts to casinos around the world.

A High Court judge now has to judge whether Todd is entitled to half the winnings minus her spending since the win- £1.38 million.

After the win, Bernard Weatherill QC, representing Mrs Todd, alleges that Congdon kept the money to himself and would not allow Mrs Todd access to bank accounts. 

The hearing continues.

Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2007-05-17 11:44:29

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