Thursday 8 December 2016

Legal dispute between woman and stepson over €3.3m Lotto win to be heard in New Year

Tim Healy

Published 29/11/2016 | 19:56

Lotto jackpot
Lotto jackpot

A legal dispute between a woman and her stepson over the proceeds of a €3.38m Lotto win will be heard in the New Year

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David Walsh claims he is entitled to a one sixth share - €564,000 - of the winning ticket which was one of two sold in a draw with a total jackpot of €6.7m held on January 22, 2011.

One of the two winning tickets was bought for €12 at Salmons Department Store,  Main Street, Ballinasloe, entitling the winner to a €3.38m share of the total jackpot.

Mr Walsh, Knocknagreena, Ballinasloe, has sued his stepmother Mary Walsh, Perssepark, Ballinasloe Co Galway.

He is seeking a number of orders including one declaring he is entitled to €564,000 from the prize money and that Mrs Walsh received the winnings as trustee for her stepson.

She denies the claim and says he is not entitled to the money claimed.

The court heard previously Mr Walsh claims he was one of six people, in an alleged syndicate, who signed the back of the winning ticket and is entitled to a one sixth share.

He claims Mrs Walsh, and the estate of his late father Peter, who died in late 2011, holds that money in trust for him.

She says the ticket belonged to her and not her stepson.

"The case was due for hearing this week but there was a dispute over whether legal professional privilege applied to certain documents.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan, after hearing submissions, ruled Mr Walsh  should be given an opportunity to discover 15 documents in advance of the hearing.

He put the case in for hearing on January 11."

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