Sunday 19 August 2018

Stepson 'resolves' his row over €3.3m Lotto jackpot

David Walsh argued that he was entitled to €560,000. Photo: Collins Courts
David Walsh argued that he was entitled to €560,000. Photo: Collins Courts

Tim Healy

A dispute between a woman and her stepson over a €3.3m winning Lotto ticket has been resolved, the Court of Appeal has been told.

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys ruled last year that Mary Walsh (67) must pay David Walsh €560,000 plus his legal costs after finding her stepson was part-owner of and entitled to a one-sixth share of a winning ticket bought in Ballinasloe, Co Galway, in January 2011.

She appealed that decision, which was opposed.

Yesterday, Dervla Brown SC, for Mr Walsh, told Ms Justice Mary Irvine at the appeal court the matter had been "resolved entirely".

She said it was agreed that the appeal be allowed and the orders of the High Court should be vacated except for the order dismissing the defendant's counter-claim.

It was also agreed there would be no order for costs and Mr Walsh's High Court claim would be struck out.

No other details of the settlement, which are understood to be confidential, were given to the court.

In his action, Mr Walsh (53), of Knocknagreena, Ballinasloe, sued his stepmother Ms Walsh, from Perrsepark, Ballinasloe.

He argued he was entitled to his share, around €560,000, on the grounds his signature was among six that were written on the back of the winning ticket.

Mr Walsh claimed his late father had told him, shortly after the win, he would be looked after and would not have to worry about money again, but he claimed he did not get his share.

Denial

Ms Walsh, who was married to David's late father Peter, who died in December 2011, denied this and had argued that the ticket was hers.

She claimed that her stepson was offered and had accepted her and her late husband's house in lieu of €200,000 from the win.

Mr Walsh denied that.

Last year in his judgment, which followed a seven-day hearing, Mr Justice Richard Humphreys rejected Ms Walsh's arguments and found in favour of Mr Walsh.

The judge said that evidence given by Ms Walsh during the hearing was inconsistent, "not credible", contained "self-contradiction" and was "unreliable".

Irish Independent

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