The Court of Appeal has been told that a dispute between a woman and her stepson over a €3.3m winning lotto ticket has been resolved.

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

Mrs Walsh appealed that decision, which was opposed.

Yesterday, Mr Walsh's senior counsel told Ms Justice Mary Irvine at the Court of Appeal that the matter had been "resolved entirely".

It was agreed there would be no order for costs and the plaintiff'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 sued his stepmother Mrs Walsh, and argued he was entitled to his share -approximately €560,000 - on the grounds that his signature was among six that were written on the back of the winning ticket. 

He had 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.

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

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

 

 

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