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EXCLUSIVE: Lottery Winner Holly Lahti’s Estranged Husband: 20 Arrests & $40 Million!


Jan. 14 2011, Published 9:13 a.m. ET

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Joshua Lahti has spent years battling the law, now it looks like the law is going to help him collect $40 million!

Lahti’s estranged wife Holly Lahti won half of the $380 million Mega Million jackpot on January 4, and because the couple is not divorced yet, Joshua, who has a record of 20 arrests, likely will be entitled to half of her winnings. Her share of the jackpot should be $80 million after taxes if she takes it as lump sum.

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VIDEO: Change Of Dinner Plans Lands SoCal Couple $266 Million In Lottery broke the story Thursday that both Holly and Joshua, from Rathdrum, Idaho, have been arrested and produced the first photo of them -- mug shots.

But while Holly has been arrested only once, during a domestic dispute with Joshua, her husband has had 20 encounters with the law, according to public records uncovered by

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Records indicate they were married in 2001. Joshua’s trouble with police started before then and continued well after, including a charge for kidnapping, violating a no contact order and battery. Many of the charges have been dismissed although it appears he has spent some time in jail.

Joshua was also convicted of DUI last year, receiving a 90 day sentence, with 85 days suspended.

Idaho is a community property state, meaning assets accumulate during the marriage are generally shared 50/50. Because the Lahtis were not divorced when Holly hit the lottery, legal experts say Joshua has a claim to half the money, even though they are estranged.



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