According to a famed New York divorce attorney, Irish New York lottery winner Patricia Daly Eisel may have to share her $8 million win with her estranged husband after all.
Jamie Eisel, her husband, left Patricia and her three sons last summer and is now seeing someone else. Friends told the Daily Mail that Patricia was devastated by the break up.
Last Thursday she found out that she had won $21.5 million ($8 million after taxes) in the New York State Lottery, and she thought that her luck had changed. However, it now appears that her husband could have a right to claim half of her winnings.
New York divorce attorney Raoul Felder told the New York Post, “On first blush, he might actually have a claim.” He said that the case would be determined on how long they had been separated and how much he helped out financially.
It has not been determined whether Jamie has decided to make a claim. His financial records show that he owes about $9,400, according to the New York Post. He could not be reached at his Long Beach home for comment.
However, speaking to Patricia’s co-workers at the Saloon Bar, they believe he shouldn’t get a share. One waitress said, “They had a contentious relationship. I bet [Jamie's] sorry now. She looks better than she ever did. She looks like she's glowing."