Posted: May 12, 2010 1:31 PM by Associated Press
A judge says an elderly Connecticut woman doesn't have to share her half of a $500,000 lottery windfall with the sister who sued her over it.
Eighty-seven-year-old Rose Bakaysa and her 84-year-old sister, Theresa Sokaitis, have been fighting over the money in court since 2005.
That was shortly after Bakaysa and their brother won the Powerball jackpot.
Sokaitis says they signed a notarized contract a decade earlier to split all gambling profits.
Bakaysa says that deal ended in 2004 during a spat over a few hundred dollars.
New Britain Superior Court Judge Cynthia Swienton on Wednesday agreed with Bakaysa, ruling the contract ended during the argument.