updated 5/12/2010 12:40:49 PM ET 2010-05-12T16:40:49

An elderly Connecticut woman does not have to share her half of a $500,000 lottery windfall with her sister who sued her over it, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Eighty-seven-year-old Rose Bakaysa and her 84-year-old sister, Theresa Sokaitis, have been fighting over the money in court since 2005 . That was shortly after Bakaysa and their brother won the Powerball jackpot.

Sokaitis argued they had signed a notarized contract a decade earlier to split all gambling profits. But Bakaysa maintained that the deal ended in 2004 during a spat over a few hundred dollars.

New Britain Superior Court Judge Cynthia Swienton agreed with Bakaysa, ruling that the contract ended during the argument.

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