Ouch! Chinese Winner Divorces Wife After Big Win

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 Ouch! Chinese Winner Divorces Wife After Big Win

The winner’s name is Liu Xiang and he is from the city of Chonging in the south west of China. He was celebrating his massive win of 4.6 million yuan (£467,000) with the Chinese Lottery in February. The trouble began when he didn’t feel like telling his wife that he’d won the lottery, and thereafter even took so far as to divorce, which has recently landed him in court. Read the full story here. 

Winning a large amount of money with the lottery is supposed to be great news for a married couple, like Philip and Gina Dunning from Scotland who won £7.86 million with the UK Lottery. The lottery windfall that came into Liu Xiang’s life, however, was a different story. His winning ticket came from a ticket he bought on the Chinese New Year’s Eve which proved to be a very eventful week. 

For Liu, instead of throwing a big celebration, he decided to divorce his wife, Yuan Li, exactly a day after his big win. The following day he collected his lottery winnings, but of course, as would any other spouse, his ex-wife is furious, hurt, and embarrassed. His ex-wife was never going to join in on the celebrations seeing that she didn’t even know about the win. 

Divorce

Eventually, the lottery win had to be discovered and the truth about his win came out. As would any other spouse, Liu’s wife took him to court over the matter. The court has ruled that the lottery winner must pay his now ex-wife a quarter of the winnings. Whether he didn’t love her anymore or simply didn’t feel like sharing the winnings, it isn’t clear. What we do know, is that it was a very cruel and selfish thing to do. 

Liu Xiang is the latest winner in a series of other winners to end up in court with their lottery winnings. Earlier this week, a man by the name of Eddie Tipton, a former employee of Hot Lotto, was found guilty of rigging a lottery game. A EuroMillions winner called Ryan Magee who won £6.4 million also had his fair share of legal problems since his big win. 

His ex-wife Li agreed to the divorce after he came to an agreement to pay off their debts of 250,000 yuan (£35,000). Li had absolutely no idea that her ex-husband had won the Chinese lottery until a friend paid her a phone call to congratulate her and her then-husband on their big win. 

Some people handle lottery wins very badly, and it’s not to say that every winner reacts badly. Some people just get very insincere when it comes to big money. It isn’t uncommon to see people falling out over lottery wins. In June of this year, there were two lottery winners who had a falling out over a broken promise. 

Foolish Lottery Winner

Mr. Liu had something to say about this incident, however. He said that he claimed his Chinese lottery win money the day after the divorce settlement had been agreed to. The court, on the other hand, didn’t agree to it yet and now he has to pay his former wife 1.15 million yuan (£120,000). 

If you ask us, people who react like this over a lottery win are just downright foolish. There are always reasonable ways to settle a situation like this, and running off with winnings always has consequences. 

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