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Ex-husband Accuses Lotto Winner of Deceit

February 17, 1993

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ A woman says Lady Luck guided her to a ready-to-expire $10.2 million lottery ticket in a junk drawer a day after her divorce was final. Her ex- husband has his doubts.

Maryann Kulpa, 46, a receptionist, claimed the New Jersey Pick-6 jackpot Jan. 21, less than two weeks before the ticket would have expired.

Just one day earlier, her divorce from teacher John Micofsky became final.

Micofsky, 50, filed a lawsuit Friday accusing his ex-wife of hiding her fortune until the divorce.

Micofsky was ″very upset, I think that’s the word I would use,″ said his lawyer, Thomas Kline.

Kulpa’s attorney, John McAllister, declined to comment.

Kulpa will receive lotto payments of about $370,000 for 20 years.

Under the divorce decree, Micofsky was ordered to pay his ex-wife $18,000. They had no children.


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