Factual error: The entire court proceeding is inaccurate. Under New York state law, all property received during marriage is joint and several. Therefore Charlie has the right to give half (HIS half it turns out) to Yvonne. More strongly, the press is always called out for lottery winners to prevent these situations. The wife screwed herself when she agreed to have Yvonne at the check presentation which effectively shows her agreeing, albeit not happily, to the arrangement. Finally, to be even more picky, under New York state law, the person BUYING the ticket is the only owner and the other person must prove that the ticket was bought in trust for them (if it comes to litigation of-course). In most cases, people like the bowling team readily split the proceeds without a problem.