A former beauty queen was dumped by her husband after she found out he had won the lottery.
Donna Campbell had no idea her five-year marriage was about to end.
In 2007, Campbell noticed that her husband, Arnim Ramdass, was acting strangely. The airline mechanic began leaving the TV off all the time and turned off the phone at home.
One day, Campbell stumbled across a postcard for a new home and realized she knew her husband was hiding something.
She decided to google her husband’s name and found out that he was one of the 17 winners of the $10.2 million lottery.
“I said, ‘Do you have any news you’d like to share with me,'” Campbell recalled as she told her husband Ocala Star Banner. “He said, ‘No. What are you talking about?’ I said, ‘The lottery’.”
Ramdass joined a lottery syndicate at work and won $600,000 before taxes. However, he claimed the ticket was not for him or his wife, but for his daughter Janelle from a previous marriage.
“Here’s a guy who spent years of marriage money in lotteries and casinos, and he’s always lost,” said Bruce Baldwin, Campbell’s attorney FoxNews. “And now he’s finally winning and trying to keep it from his wife. That’s pretty low.”
For years, according to Campbell, it was common for Ramdass and his employees to do lottery picks and contribute money for a lottery ticket every Wednesday and Friday.
“As far as I know, Janelle has never entered the American Airlines lottery, nor is she an American Airlines mechanic,” Campbell said local 10.
Campbell filed a lawsuit against Ramdass, but that would bring a new set of challenges. Her husband left home and took a leave of absence from work, making it impossible for her to give him papers.
“I was just amazed,” Campbell told a local broadcaster. “I mean, there were no words to describe it. I couldn’t believe this was a person I had lived with five years before I got married and to find that out was very shocking.”
It took a while for him to be found, but only to take what he needed from their home in South Florida.
In December 2008, Judge Jennifer Bailey dismissed the lawsuit, saying she had no automatic claim to his lottery winnings.
Campbell was a former housewife, so this breakup hit her hard.
The Palm Beach Post reported that her three-bedroom home was foreclosed upon, resulting in her having to move out.
Struggling with an autoimmune disease, she was forced to depend on friends and family during this turbulent time.
Although she did not win the case, she was last heard of fighting her husband in divorce court.
“We’re hoping to get information on the assets and where did the money go?” said Campbell’s attorney, Vincent O’Brien
While Campbell has struggled financially, she claims her ex-husband is doing fine.
“I know they bought two brand new Lexus,” Campbell said. “He has done some luxury trips to Tobago and Trinidad, to Germany and Canada.”