Friday 20 January 2017

Woman and stepson in Lotto court battle

Tim Healy

Published 30/11/2016 | 02:30

Mr Walsh claims he was one of six people, in an alleged syndicate, who signed the back of the winning ticket. Stock Image
Mr Walsh claims he was one of six people, in an alleged syndicate, who signed the back of the winning ticket. Stock Image

A legal dispute between a woman and her stepson over the proceeds of a €3.38m Lotto win will be heard in court 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 in Main Street, Ballinasloe, entitling the winner to a €3.38m share of the total jackpot.

Mr Walsh of Knocknagreena, Ballinasloe, has sued his stepmother Mary Walsh of 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 ruled Mr Walsh should be given an opportunity to discover 15 documents in advance of the hearing, which he fixed for January 11.

Irish Independent

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