PATERSON, N.J. A New Jersey man who won a $338 million Powerball jackpot, one of the largest, is embroiled in a court fight with his former girlfriend over his winnings.
The Record newspaper reports that a judge on Friday ruled that Pedro Quezada's lottery winnings can't be frozen, pending the outcome of a trial to determine if Inez Sanchez is entitled to a share of the money.
Quezada was the sole winner of the Powerball drawing last spring, worth about $152 million after taxes.
His lawyer says Sanchez has no claim because the couple were never married.
Sanchez's attorneys say Quezada purchased the ticket based on the couple's shared earnings. They say the two lived together for 10 years, have a child together, and shared ownership of a Passaic grocery store.