Jury says woman won't get ex's lottery winnings

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida woman won't see a cent of her estranged husband's lottery winnings.

That was the decision of a Polk County jury Thursday following a trial to settle the dispute between Ida and William Cody.

William Cody hit the $3 million Florida Lotto jackpot in May 2007, taking a $1.9 million lump sum payment.

His wife claimed she had given him $20 to buy tickets with a promise he would share any winnings with her. That didn't happen, so she sued him.

William denied getting any money from his wife for the lottery tickets.

The couple has lived apart for 25 years, and William has filed for divorce. They had nine children together and previously had a cordial relationship.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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