A court in China has ruled that a man who hid a lottery win from his wife must pay her compensation.
Going by the name Zhou, the man bagged the equivalent of £1million after tax and gave some of it to his ex-wife instead.
Two years ago he snagged a massive pre-tax 10 million yuan haul – but didn’t let his wife, known as Lin, know anything about it.
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The Hangzhou Daily carried on with life as if nothing had happened.
He sent two million of the 8.3million he had after tax to his sister, and a further 700,000 to his ex-wife to help her buy a flat.
When Lin discovered what he had done she filed for a divorce.
She asked that the couple’s property be divided equally at a court in Wenzhou, in eastern China’s Zhejiang province.
Additionally, she asked for two-thirds of 2.7 million yuan he concealed from her.
Money sent to Zhou’s ex-wife and sister was found by the court to have belonged to the couple equally and therefore his actions were deemed to be embezzlement.
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Lin’s request – that two thirds of the hidden cash be handed over to her – was upheld by the court.
The outlet reported that neither party has appealed the ruling of the court.
Winnings on the national lottery are taxed in China, which aims to raise money for community programmes and welfare programmes.
People hiding lottery winnings in China are anything but new, Metro reports.
Dressed in a mascot costume last year, a man called Li donned the outfit to accept his winnings to allegedly hide his appearance from his family.
Speaking to local news outlets at the time, he said: “I’m really happy I won, but I don’t want my family to know about this since they might become too arrogant and complacent in the future.”
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