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$5 Million Lotto Winner Jailed on Non-Support Charge

December 16, 1991

KELSO, Wash. (AP) _ The winner of a $5 million lottery jackpot was jailed for refusing to make court-ordered support payments to her former husband, officials said.

Hildegard Pletz remained behind bars Monday, three days after Superior Court Judge Milton Cox jailed her for refusing to pay $29,628 to her ex- husband, William.

″She can be released immediately, as soon as she pays the money due,″ the judge said. ″She holds the key to her cell door, and she has the ability to turn it.″

The Pletzes separated in 1988 after a 10-year marriage. In September 1990, while their divorce was pending, Mrs. Pletz won a $5 million Lotto jackpot.

Pletz, 73, claimed he should receive half the winnings. Cox rejected the claim but ordered Mrs. Pletz to pay him $15,000 in cash plus $2,000 a month as long as she received lottery payments.

Mrs. Pletz, 63, of Woodland admitted during a contempt hearing Friday she could afford to make the payments but stuck to her position that she would not pay her husband a penny.

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