A lengthy court case between lottery winner Pedro Quezada and his ex-partner Inez Sanchez was suddenly resolved last Friday in a shocking turn around that saw Sanchez relinquish all rights to the lottery win. Sanchez dropped the case under the condition she would not be charged for Quezadaâ€™s attorneysâ€™ fees. However, it has since emerged that the pair actually reconciled their differences weeks ago and are now living as a couple in Clifton, New Jersey.
The coupleâ€™s separation coincided with Quezadaâ€™s $338 million Powerball win but while he was enjoying the life of a lottery winner, Sanchez was compelled to take out a restraining order on the former grocery store owner.Â Â The motion prevented Quezada from spending time with the three children he had raised with Sanchez and forced him into a state of depression.
Paul Fernandez, lead attorney for lottery winner Pedro Quezada, said â€œ[Quezada] went from having all of this family and no money, to having all of this money and no family.â€ Fernandez urged Quezada to contact Sanchez saying â€œListen, love trumps all. Talk to her.â€ Thankfully, the attorney gave good council and on Valentineâ€™s Day Quezada called Fernandez to tell him they were back together.
Judge Margaret Mary McVeigh, who was overseeing the case, said “I wish the parties good luck and a wonderful future, I hope this works out for you. Good luck, be happy and find what is most important in life.”
Quezada, who collected a pay-out of $152 million after taxes, certainly seems to know whatâ€™s most important in life and has used his lottery win generously. Quezada has already sent $57 million of his big win to the Dominican Republic in a gallant effort to improve the lives of family, friends and fellow Dominicans.Â
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Updated March 12th, 2014