Tesco claims €500,000 prize at centre of Lotto ticket sale row
A LOTTO cash prize of €500,000 at the centre of a dispute between a Tesco employee and her employer has been claimed by the supermarket giant.
However, as ownership of the winning ticket is in dispute, the money has been moved to a separate account until the matter is resolved.
Tesco worker Andrea O'Reilly (26), from Navan, Co Meath, accidentally issued a winning €500,000 Euromillions Lotto ticket to a customer and later claimed it as her own on April 1 this year.
She mistakenly printed out the €9 ticket, when the customer wanted only a €4 ticket.
Tesco says it wants to donate the money to charity. Ms O'Reilly intends to take Tesco to court to fight for the winnings.
She claims Tesco policy is that if an employee mistakenly prints off a Lotto ticket, he/she is entitled to pay for it, which she intended doing.
However, Ms O'Reilly says wasn't given this option when she went to pay for it the next day, unaware it was a winning ticket.
The National Lottery confirmed last night that the winning ticket had been presented and validated recently.
The deadline to claim the winnings would have run out today.
A statement said that as the ticket is subject to an ownership query, it had transferred the prize of €500,000 to an interest-bearing bank account.