We may have a legal mess going on in Idaho, but I hope not.
A 29 year old named Holly Lahti came forward with her half of the $380 million Mega Millions jackpot. It seemed like a good story. Single mom of two girls, worked as a bank teller.
Lived in a in a tiny Idaho town.
Then along came her estranged husband.
And now the story features a mug shot of Lahti sporting a black eye, and reports that she may have to split her winnings with her husband, who has been arrested on charges ranging from second-degree kidnapping to domestic battery and DUI.
Jeez. Lahti, of Rathdrum, Idaho, became one of two winners last week to split the multi-state Mega Millions jackpot, the second-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.
“She’s very sweet. Very down to earth. Just a really nice person,” the manager of Ady’s Convenience and Car Wash, which was awarded $50,000 for selling the winning ticket, told ABCnews. “Good head on her shoulders. I think she’ll do very well.”
But now, I’m not so sure. This past weekend, the local Idaho TV station, KXLY reported that her estranged husband, Joshua Lahti, found out about his wife’s winning ticket from a reporter.
The couple, who married in 2001, have since separated but are not divorced, the station reported.
Next came the mug shots, citing a January 2003 incident when she and Joshua Lahti both were arrested and jailed on battery charges, which were later dropped.
So I’m hoping we don’t have a bad situation here. We have a great moment for a hard working, deserving woman.
I can’t speak to her marital problems or to allegations leveled against her husband. But we’re talking about a lot of money, so I expect both sides will hire high powered lawyers.
I’ll keep you posted.