Sokaitis v. Bakaysa

2010 WL 2383902 (2010)

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Sokaitis v. Bakaysa

Connecticut Superior Court
2010 WL 2383902 (2010)

SC

Facts

Theresa Sokaitis (Terry) (plaintiff) and Rose Bakaysa (Rose) (defendants) were sisters. Terry and Rose frequently bought state-lottery tickets together and went to legal casinos together. The sisters signed a contract memorializing their long-term agreement that they would share all lottery and casino winnings with each other. At some point, Rose loaned Terry some money, and a disagreement ensued. As part of a discussion regarding the loan, Terry stated that she no longer wanted to be Rose’s lottery partner, and Rose said “okay.” At that point, Rose agreed to a similar winnings-sharing arrangement with their brother, Joe. Terry and Rose stopped buying lottery tickets together and going to the casino together, and in fact they ceased all contact. Subsequently, Rose and Joe won $500,000 at Powerball. Terry sued Rose for breach of contract, claiming that she was entitled to half of Rose’s Powerball winnings. Rose argued that the contract was void or, alternatively, that the parties had rescinded the contract.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Sweinton, J.)

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