Man sues stepmum over €3.4m Lotto win
A man suing his stepmother for a share of a €3.38m Lotto win has denied he was given a choice between a house or €200,000.
David Walsh told the High Court he went to the home of his father Peter and stepmother Mary Walsh at Knocknagreena, Ballinasloe, Co Galway, on January 23, 2011, where his father asked him to sign the back of a winning Lotto ticket.
He said his father "told me I'd have nothing to worry about for the rest of my life".
The €12 ticket, which was sold at Salmons store, Main Street, Ballinasloe, was one of two winning tickets for a jackpot of €6.7m on Saturday January 22, 2011.
Mary Walsh (65), of Perssepark, Ballinasloe, disputes the claim by David Walsh (52), a painter/decorator, of Knocknagreena, that he was part of a six-member syndicate that owned the winning ticket.
David Walsh claims his late father Peter Walsh, his cousin Kevin Black, Mrs Walsh, and her sons Anthony and Jason Daly, were also part of the syndicate. Mr Walsh claims his signature is one of six on the ticket and Ms Walsh and the estate of his late father hold €560,000 in trust for him.
Asked about claims he was given a choice of €200,000 from the win or the home of his father and Mary Walsh at Knocknagreena, valued at €135,000, Mr Walsh said it had not happened.
In her defence, Mrs Walsh claims she purchased and owned the winning ticket. She claims she was advised by the company then operating the lottery that the other signatures on the winning ticket would avoid payment of gift tax.
She claims that should the court rule David Walsh is entitled to a share, he would be unjustly enriched in circumstances where the Knocknagreena house was transferred to him. The case continues.