€250k jackpot on hold as ticket row escalates
Published 19/02/2010 | 03:58
An Irish woman who won €250,000 (£218,000) on RTE's Winning Streak has not collected her winnings almost a year on from her win — because of a dispute over the winning ticket.
Jessica Mulligan, a young Dublin mum who scooped the jackpot on RTE's Winning Streak Dream Ticket show, is believed to be in a long-running dispute over the ownership of the ticket.
Ms Mulligan won a total of €276,300 after she spun the wheel on the show on March 21, 2009. But a legal battle is now believed to be in progress. Both parties involved have been recommended to sort out the issue between them, since there's a danger that all the winnings could be wasted on legal fees.
A source close to the National Lottery said: “The win is sizeable but once they start paying legal fees for the solicitors, the money would deplete substantially.”
It is understood that the National Lottery will hold the winnings, however long it takes for the dispute to be sorted out.