Lajos Szanto won $1,818,181.82 on the Australian lottery. But sadly died the very next day.
Unfortunately the four children he leaves behind are now fighting in court over who gets the cash.
Lajos did leave behind a will in additionl to the jackpot winning lottery ticket. But it wasn’t entirely clear under the terms of the will which of the children are legally entitled to the money.
At Townsville Supreme Court, Justice Kerry Cullinane had the job of trying to resolve the siblings squabbling.
Lajos lived in a granny flat beneath his daughter Christina Aston’s house, in Townsville, Queensland.
His will declared “furniture and chattels” should go to his daughter Christina. Whereas the rest of his estate should go to the other three children equally.
The judge determined that the ticket did not fall under the declaration of “furniture and chattels”, so should therefore go to the other three children.
Tragically, however, even that doesn’t complete the bickering.
The court has yet to hear a separate case regarding if Lajos Szanto had bought his ticket with intent to share just with son Stephen Szanto.
One can only hope Lajos is not aware of the squabbling between his children. Especially given that this has now been dragging through the courts for over a year, since the original win on 13th February 2010.
How would you resolve this if you were in their position?