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Judge Awards Irishman Share of €3.38m Irish Lotto win

Lottery24 – Man finally won a share of a €3.38m Irish Lotto winDavid Walsh from Ireland has finally won a share of a €3.38m Irish Lotto win. A judge ruled that Walsh was due a one-sixth share of the 2011 win.

It ends a long-running legal battle between Walsh and his stepmother Mary Walsh, 66. Mr Justice Richard Humphreys ruled that David was part of a syndicate and entitled to about €560,000. The judge also said his stepmother had “lied on oath”.

We have seen in the past other lottery wins end in bitter disputes. In Australia, two friends became embroiled in a bitter row over a $2.5m Tatts Lotto win. American Jeff Fallang was sued by a friend after winning a $1m Montana Millions prize.

The decision over the Irish Lotto win came after a seven-day hearing and the Judge stated that the evidence Mrs Walsh – who was married to the late father of Mr Walsh – gave was inconsistent, “not credible “contained “self-contradiction” and was “unreliable.”

David Walsh had told the court that he was one of six signatories on the back of the winning Irish Lotto ticket. He claimed that his late father had told him shortly after the €3.38m Irish Lotto win that he would not have to worry about money again.

However, his stepmother argued that she was the sole owner of the winning Irish Lotto ticket, which was brought in Ballinasloe on January 22, 2011. Her claim was that the ticket was only signed by herself, her late husband and four of their relatives in order to avoid paying gift tax.

According to Mrs Walsh, her stepson was offered the option of receiving €200,000 from the win or the former home that she and her late husband shared at Knocknagreena, Ballinasloe, and he opted for the house. That’s something which Mr Walsh denies.

Agreements over future lottery wins are usually kept. In Canada, Darren Doyle and his daughter Carlee shared a $1m Lotto Max win. Two brothers in Missouri, USA, kept a promise and shared a $20,000 Mega Millions windfall. Priscilla Kim and Andrew Sa from California, USA, also had a pact to share lottery winnings and did just that when winning $1m via the 2nd Chance lottery program.

A stay on the judge’s order was placed, on terms including Mrs Taylor lodge €929,000 to cover estimated legal costs and the award in court, pending appeal.