THE husband of an Irish woman who landed a massive $8m (€5.6m) lottery jackpot has rejected her attempts to pay him off.
US lottery winner Patricia Daly, from Co Offaly, has offered her estranged husband a $1m (€692,000) payoff to drop all legal proceedings against her.
But American Jamie Eisel has snubbed the offer, instead demanding half of the fortune.
Eisel has now lodged court proceedings against the mum-of-three, which will begin later this month.
Eisel's lawyers will argue at a court sitting on September 13 that he is due half the money as they were still married at the time of her win. He left Ms Daly and her three sons a year before she even bought the ticket -- but he has this week reiterated his claim to $4m (€2.76m).
Ms Daly, who is originally from Tullamore, became one of New York's wealthiest residents when she scooped the mega prize in January.
But last night, her lawyers revealed that attempts to pay Eisel off have been unsuccessful.
"There will be no settlement now," said her lawyer Dorothy Gong. "He was offered $1m and no obligation for child support or college costs for the kids."
Ms Gong has estimated that the case may last up to 12 months before there is an outcome. And legal experts in the US believe Ms Daly will be forced to hand over a larger chunk of her winnings.
New York divorce law states that there should be an "equitable distribution" of assets between a man and wife.
"She's going to be splitting that money. I think it's a matter of how much," according to legal expert Marilyn Chinitz.
Eisel has initiated divorce proceedings against Ms Daly and has legally restrained his former wife from spending any of the lottery cash.
Ms Daly moved to America in 1995 and later became Eisel's third wife. On January 5 this year, she used $8 (€5.50) she had made in tips and played a combination of six numbers in the New York State lottery.
At the time of her win, she swore the huge fortune would not affect her and children's lives.
"I will buy a home, not a house, in New York. Something very comfortable with a big, fenced-in yard that the boys can run around in.
"I know they'll be thrilled when I tell them we'll also buy a dog to run around the yard with them."
She opted for a once-off lump sum rather than instalments but has yet to receive any of it due to her husband's restraining order.