Boyfriend loses share of lottery win

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A lottery winner yesterday scored a legal victory yesterday to prevent her former boyfriend getting half her pounds 1.3m fortune.

Lisa Lee, 30, (left) was sued by David Jones, 34, for a share of the windfall she won in April 1995. Two months after she collected her cheque from Camelot, the lottery organisers, the couple split up.

Mr Jones, who successfully applied for legal aid to pursue the case, claimed they had shared household finances during their 12-year relationship. He was left to survive on pounds 64 a week social security after the relationship ended, Cardiff County Court was told. But in her evidence Miss Lee insisted that she bought the winning ticket with her own cash and never regarded him as her partner. Judge Hywel Moseley said he was satisfied the couple were not living together in the conventional sense with joint finances. The pounds 1 stake spent on the winning ticket was Miss Lee's and not owned jointly, he said. Matthew Brace

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