Friday, May 11, 2001

Wife sues after husband wins $250K, disappears

The Associated Press

        PRESTONSBURG, Ky. — A Floyd County woman has filed for divorce from her husband, who won $250,000 from the Kentucky Lottery, then disappeared.

        “My husband has took off with the ticket and has abandoned me,” Dotty Duncan, 62, of Harold said in a statement filed Wednesday in Floyd Circuit Court.

        Mrs. Duncan obtained a court order to stop Gary Lee Duncan, 62, from spending the prize money, but the order may have been too late.

        Ned Pillersdorf, a Prestonsburg attorney representing Mrs. Duncan, said lottery officials told him that Mr. Duncan showed up about 9 a.m. Wednesday with the scratch-off ticket. He left with a check, minus taxes, for $170,000.

        Mr. Pillersdorf said his client has not seen her husband since Monday and learned Wednesday about the winning ticket, which Mr. Duncan bought Monday at J&B Liquors in Harold.

        “It's a marital asset, and she's concerned that he's going to waste it,” Mr. Pillersdorf said.

        Mrs. Duncan said she filed for divorce Wednesday after 13 years of marriage. She told the Lexington Herald-Leader in an interview Wednesday night that she is legally blind and relies on disability for income.

        Floyd Circuit Judge Julie Paxton issued a temporary injunction, ordering state lottery officials to withhold any money that Mr. Duncan or his wife may receive and restraining Mr. Duncan from spending any of it.

        Mr. Duncan, a bricklayer, could not be reached for comment.


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