|Posted: July 25, 2005, 10:29 am - IP Logged|
LOTTO syndicates should draw up simple rules governing how they play in order to avoid rows and costly legal battles after a big win.
Contract lawyer Nigel Adams said in light of recent high profile court cases in this country and in Britain, lottery syndicates should have a written agreement in place from the start to avoid confusion and ambiguity over the ownership of lottery tickets.
Last December the High Court in Dublin ruled that a Co Mayo man was entitled to one fifth of a Lotto jackpot of €2m, even though he had not paid towards the cost of the winning ticket.
However the disputed €400,000 share is again "on ice" following a decision by the syndicate members to appeal the High Court ruling to the Supreme Court.
Mr Adams, who is based in London, said drawing up syndicate rules did not have to be "rocket science" but it helped to have simple rules so everyone was clear about what they were.