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Sunday, July 25, 2004

Lotto money brings about breakup of engagement

This woman was not going to get married because of money, but now it seems she is not marrying because of money, lotto money. It's not even clear if there's the money, because the woman, who was told by his fiancee to buy lotto with the numbers he had written on a slip of paper, denied having bought the lotto after it turned out that those had been the winning numbers. The money was 5.28 billion W [3.5 mil €], and with tax deduced 3.4 billion [2.7 mil €]. But then the man heard that the winning coupon would have been bought right close to them in Jinhae; she admitted having bought it, and told her family was in possession of the coupon. She told him she'd go to her family to collect the money, but disappeared. Now the man is sure she had bought the lotto coupon which won the huge money, and has sued her fiancé's family for getting refunded 110 million W for "unjustfiable profiteering" (부당이득금 반환청구). "We're going to raise our demand, if Miss Choi's family proves to be in the possession of the prize money." (From Hankyoreh and Chosun)

Once again an example how lottery can bring down families or planned families (here's another post of mine from early this year). Shouldn't we be hearing demands for some measures against the disruptive influences of lottery money?
These kind of stories about the harmful effects of excessive and sort of unearned lottery money actually fit well with the ideas of good and bad money that I've sometimes heard; like the laundry grandfather (in the middle in the header photograph) who told that he was not able to use for a good purpose the money he made by bringing stuff in demand from Japan to Korea. (I think that's called smuggling.)
(The image linked from a lottery fortune site)

For the proper law terminology in the case, see the story by Sean Hayes in Ohmynews. I also missed the important detail, that the man had given the woman 50 000 won in addition to the numbers to buy the lottery coupon. Hayes tells that there's a long history of lottery litigations in the US; perhaps it tells of the difference between legal traditions that I can't remember any such cases from here, where people play lotto a lot, and there's loads of lotto folklore around.

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