|The Sunday Mail in London reported that both the mistress and the wife of a UK Lotto winner began a fight for his £1.5 million ($2.34 million) at his funeral. The wife, Etta McCowen, 77, and the late Jim McCowen’s’ girlfriend, Wilma Marshall, 54, “shared the front pew at the 76- year-old pensioner's funeral service last week,” reported the Sunday Mail. The meeting was not that peaceful. |
Gentleman Jim, a “teetotaller” (alcohol abstainer), won the money in 1996 and reportedly shocked village neighbors and friends two years later when he moved away from Etta and moved in with Wilma in her council flat. But one villager said: “A lot of people suspected Jim and Wilma had been an item for years - even before he won the lottery ...”
But after moving in with the younger woman, Jim had a heart attack. He then went back to Etta and recovered his health to some degree. But then, said the villager, “...the relationship with Wilma started up again ... Jim said he just got fed up with things and decided to move in with Wilma ... But when Jim left Etta for a blonde 20 years her junior, his battling wife insisted her husband did not move out under his own steam. ‘I put him out,’ Wilma said at the time.”
Mrs. McCowen said at the funeral, “I am just going to take the money. I am not going to fight for it. Half the money is mine. There are no ifs and buts about it.”
Another resident, who reportedly knows both families, said, “I know that at the time of the win Jim gave a fair chunk of the money to his and Etta's only child, Jim junior.”
Jim died of a second heart attack and villagers say he had not let his lottery win change his lifestyle in his final years.