|Rosemary Sinclair, who collected Irish 392,500 (US $559,805) after winning Ireland’s National Lottery jackpot in May, 1999, and didn’t share it with four friends in a syndicate, is free to keep the prize, or whatever is left of it. Connie England, 35, a former friend, complained that the winning number was not one chosen by Sinclair. The other three former friends, who worked with Sinclair in an East Kilbride bookmakers, Lesley Hamilton, 27, Lisa Reid, 24, and Marie Finnie, 35, had also not paid for their share of the ticket, and had fallen in arrears, Sinclair claimed. Sinclair used their numbers as requested, but paid for all the tickets with her own money, she maintains. |
After Sinclair refused to share the cash, the other women took the matter to court. The civil court seized her assets. “I'm positive she's got the money stashed away somewhere, so that she won't have to work again in her life, “ said England. Although a sheriff’s ruling awarded it to each of them, the four woman fear they will never see their shares, each amounting to Irish 80,000 (US $114,246).
Sinclair disappeared, as far as they were concerned, and a police investigation led to Inverness, where Sinclair had set up house. Scottish police intended to charge her with theft. But now it happens that Sinclair had filed for bankruptcy and has gone bankrupt. Nobody gets anything.
The Crown Office, who has taken charge over the dispute, considers the matter settled and will take no further action.
Whether or not it was theft, one other action of Sinclair's has also raised eyebrows. After collecting the lottery win she fled to Morecambe with her husband, but then ran off with a neighbor’s husband and is now with him somewhere in the Scottish Highlands.