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Decade delay for lottery win

A case involving a row between two cousins over a winning lottery ticket has finally been settled after 11 years, with one of the pair being ordered to pay the other more than 300,000 euros plus interest to put the matter right, court sources said yesterday The two cousins, a man and a woman who have not been named, bought four tickets for the state lottery from a street seller in Larisa in the summer of 1994. The man kept three and the woman one. When she found out that all four tickets had struck gold, each winning 105 million drachmas (316,300 euros), she stole her cousin’s tickets but returned two of them a couple of days later. However, the third ticket proved to be the focus of an 11-year legal wrangle which went all the way to the Supreme Court. Judges decided that the woman had to return the money from the stolen ticket to her cousin, along with any interest that accrued from the time the lawsuit was filed until the court delivered its final decision. She faces a nine-month jail sentence if she does not comply.