Family FIght Over $51 Million Lotto Win Ends

More than one family has been torn apart after winning the lottery. In this story, it appears that a son’s deception started at the very moment his mother won the lotto where he convinced mamma it was best if he signed the winning ticket.

According to KGET, a year after winning the big $51 million Mega Millions jackpot, Bakersfield resident Etta May Urquhart took her son to court saying he commandeered the money and went on a spending spree.

The lawsuit has now been dismissed following a settlement agreement.

75-year-old Etta May Urquhart sat beside her son Ronnie Orender in May 2011 and happily accepted the $51 million check fro the California Lottery.

The family took a $32 million lump sum payout, and Urquhart says her son hijacked the money soon after it was deposited at Moneywise Investments.

Last May, Urquhart filed a lotto lawsuit claiming Ronnie bought four different houses under his name, ten cars and a boat.

The lawsuit was dismissed as both sides carried out a settlement.

Property records suggest part of the settlement included Orender transferring title to some of the homes back to Urquhart.
Her lawsuit suggests Etta May bought the winning ticket, but was so nervous to sign paperwork to claim the winnings, she let her son sign on her behalf.

And, to deflect the media attention, Urquhart says she agreed to tell everyone she bought the ticket for her son who told us two years ago he did have plans for the money.

Now it appears, the year-long battle over the cash has to come an end, though Orender's lawyer declined to say whether mother and son have reconciled.
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You can have your own family fight if you win Powerball this Saturday.

The Powerball jackpot grew to $320 million after no one ticket matched all six numbers Wednesday night. The jackpot could grow even bigger prior to the next drawing on Saturday, March 23, the Associated Press reports.

The largest jackpot in the history of the multi-state lottery was worth $580 million, and was split between winners in Missouri and Arizona in November 2012.

Powerball is played in 42 states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In April 2013, California will begin selling Powerball lottery tickets,