The fight for two elderly Connecticut sisters over $500,000 is over.
The sisters had a written, notarized contract that they would split the take should they win. But, then the sisters had a tiff. Unfortunately, that happened about a year before Bakaysa and her brother won a $500,000 Powerball jackpot in June 2005.
The crux of the case was whether they were partners when the win happened, the Courant reports.
When Bakaysa, who lives Plainville, took the stand, she traced the falling out to a phone call, the Courant reports.
"Yes, she was hollering on the phone," Bakaysa testified. "She said to me she didn't want to be partners anymore. I said OK." Afterward, Bakaysa said, she ripped up the contract.
Sokaitis says she never told her sister that she wanted to end the partnership.
"I told her I felt I deserved a share of the money and she told me I wasn't going to get a dime," Sokaitis testified. "I said, 'I have a contract.' She said, 'I tore mine up.' I said, 'I didn't."'
Sokaitis sued Bakaysa in 2005, claiming breach of contract.
Another wrinkle is that the brother testified that he actually bought the Powerball ticket and became Bakaysa's gambling partner after his sisters' tiff.
"I love my sister," Sokaitis told the judge. "There was no reason for us not to be partners."