Just because two exes finalize a divorce doesn’t mean that they are no longer in each other’s lives. This was the case when Eileen Murray parted ways with her husband of 15 years, Mike Weirsky.
During the majority of their time together, Eileen was the breadwinner of the family, while Mike stayed home, and eventually, this dynamic led to divorce. Just a few months after their divorce was finalized, Mike won a staggering $273 million in the lottery.
Mike purchased the ticket at the exact same QuickChek convenience store where he had proposed marriage to Eileen all those years before. It turned out to be a lucky break for the recently divorced New Jersey man because he became the big Mega Millions winner.
However, money can’t buy happiness after all as Eileen no longer has any interest in her ex-husband even though he had just won the lottery.
“He’s not appealing to me all of a sudden because he has this money,” the 53-year-old told New York Post. “I’m not going after anything. I have morals. I know what I’ve worked for and it’s everything that I have,” she added.
This crazy story began nearly 20 years ago when Mike Weirsky decided to get down on one knee and ask for his girlfriend Eileen Murray’s hand in marriage. She unequivocally said yes and it wouldn’t take long before they tied the knot.
It seemed like a match made in heaven and this was undoubtedly the most important moment in their lives. However, it wasn’t just how he proposed to her that added a sharp twist to this story.
Like many newlyweds, the first few years of marriage seemed to go really well for Mike and Eileen. However, every honeymoon comes to an end and eventually, the time comes when a husband and wife have to put a lot of work into their marriage.
Soon enough, the cracks started to show in their marriage. Furthermore, it seemed like there was one standout reason why Eileen was starting to have regrets about even shacking up with Mike in the first place…
Eileen admitted that part of her issues with Mike was that he was never able to hold down a long-term job. This made it difficult for them to make ends meet.
Things seemed to get progressively worse for Mike and Eileen after a decade of being together. With Mike unable to secure a steady job to provide for his family, it was up to Eileen to step up to become the breadwinner.
She worked full-time for an energy company and has held down her position up until the present day. It was only a matter of time before the financial pressures completely tore this holy matrimony apart…
It’s amazing to think that a man who had struggled to make money for the entire duration of his marriage was now sitting on an absolute ton of money. In one moment, he was unemployed, and in the next, he was a happily retired man!
It seems like Eileen and Mike’s financial situation has completely changed overnight. Now that Mike has millions to his name, Eileen believes that what she is paying her ex-husband in alimony is like “pocket money” in comparison.
And while it was initially unclear whether or not Eileen wanted a piece of Mike’s lottery winnings, it seems like we might now have a definitive answer to that question. Also, many have shared their opinions on the matter…
Soon enough, Mike and Eileen’s crazy story stole the headlines and became nationwide news, with people all over the country debating about what the right answer was to their situation.
“He should give his wife 20% after that,” Michael Strahan said on Good Morning America. “15 years? Or at least 15%! A percent a year.” “He won in separate property and she has absolutely no right to it,” Lawyer Kelly Chang Rickert said. However, it’s Mike who probably has the most interesting view on the matter.
Eileen simply isn’t interested in ever getting back together with Mike or having a single dime of his lottery winnings. All she wants now is to stop paying him alimony when he obviously doesn’t need her “pocket change.”
“The only thing that I would like to see is obviously termination of [alimony],” she said. And while this seems like a reasonable request, there is one more thing Eileen wants from Mike, now that he has the financial resources…
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