Wife Sues Husband for Share of Lotto Winnings Kept Secret

After discovering her husband hid his lottery winnings from her, a Florida woman demanded he fork over her share of the lottery jackpot.

Donna Campbell became suspicious of her husband, Arnim Ramdass, when he started to keep the television turned off and disconnected the phone line. Her suspicions rose when she found a postcard about a new home purchase.

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But Campbell was unaware that her husband was hiding a $10.2 million secret from her until she Googled her husband's name and lottery number. She found a Florida lottery press release that named 17 airline mechanics who won the jackpot, her husband was one of them.

''Here's a guy who for years has spent marital money on the lottery and at casinos, and he's always lost,'' said Bruce Baldwin, Campbell's attorney. ``And now he finally wins, and he's trying to keep it from his wife. That's pretty low.''

According to Campbell, when she confronted her husband, he said he bought the ticket for his daughter from another marriage.

'I said, `Do you have any news you want to share with me?' '' Campbell recalled. 'He said, `No. What are you talking about?' I said, 'The lottery.' ''

Ramdass and his co-workers pooled money for twice-weekly Lotto drawings every Wednesday and Friday. On June 20, they collected $220 and hit the jackpot.

The group of mechanics opted for the lump-sum payment of $10.2 million, meaning each of the 17 winners would receive about $600,000 before taxes.

Since the winning, Ramdass took a leave of absence from work, according to his co-workers. He hasn't shown up at the couple's home and servers can't find him to hand him the lawsuit papers.