Lottery win means more child support for Saskatchewan family

A Prince Albert woman will see support payments for her child increased after the father won millions in a lottery last fall.

A woman in Prince Albert, Sask., is entitled to five times as much in child support after the father, who lives in Alberta, won more than $3 million in a lottery last fall.

The Camrose man was one of 17 who shared a $54-million jackpot in October. He went from a $40,000-a-year job to having $3.2 million in the bank.

Now, a Saskatchewan family court has ruled he'll have to pay more to support his child from a previous relationship.

The names of the three involved in the decision weren't provided for privacy reasons.

But the decision notes that after the man won the lottery, he bought a $300,000 house and a $90,000 car. He spent another $150,000 on family and friends, and put the rest in the bank.

He also contacted his former girlfriend in Prince Albert to talk about increasing his child-support payments. They couldn't reach an agreement and the case went to court.

He had been paying $200 a month, now boosted to about $1,000 a month.

Prince Albert lawyer Marty Popescul, who represented the mother, said the decision makes sense.

"One's fortune is always going up or down, and if good fortune comes upon the individual, then he can anticipate that he would have to pay more money," he said.

In this case, the judge ruled the lucky father should pay support based on what his winnings would earn if invested conservatively.

As it turns out, the father also quit his job. The judge ruled his previous earnings should also be counted towards child support.

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