My 92-year-old father sued me after he gave me £150,000 from a £500,000 lottery win

A WOMAN who received £150,000 from her father's lottery winnings has been left 'destroyed' after he demanded she give the money back.

Sue Vourlides, 69, from Queensland, Australia, said her family has been torn apart after she was taken to court by William Bampton, 92, for 'bullying' him into giving her the money.

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William Bampton, 92, took his daughter to court after claiming she 'bullied' him into giving her the moneyCredit: Facebook
The elderly father had won $986,212.30 (£508,042.85) from the Tattslotto Golden Casket in March 2018

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The elderly father had won $986,212.30 (£508,042.85) from the Tattslotto Golden Casket in March 2018Credit: Getty
Mr Bampton (centre) initially shared his winnings with son Larry (right)

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Mr Bampton (centre) initially shared his winnings with son Larry (right)Credit: Facebook

Mr Bampton had initially refused to share a penny of his $986,212.30 (£508,042.85) winnings with his daughter in March 2018 because he did not want her husband, Jim, to get anything.

But five months later, after an angry confrontation, the pensioner relented and handed Ms Vourlides a check for $300,000 (£154,543).

However, three years later Mr Bampton claimed he had given her the money under duress and demanded he return the money.

Ms Vourlides said the dispute had shattered her family.

She told the Courier-Mail: “Eventually I got over it, to be honest it has destroyed people's lives.

“It's all terrible.”

Court documents claimed Mr Bampton had felt “overwhelmed” and was obliged to pay Ms Vourlides “as a result of his daughter's behaviour” during their argument in August 2018.

But the case was thrown out of court at Christmas after Judge Suzanne Sheridan said Mr Brampton – branded in court as 'strong-willed' – was incapable of being bullied by his daughter.

“It is difficult to imagine anyone telling Mr Bampton what to do, or anyone controlling his mind to such an extent that he is prevented from exercising his free will,” she said.

The court papers said Mr Brampton failed to prove he was “specially disadvantaged by reason of illness, ignorance, inexperience, diminished capacity or financial need”.

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Mr Bampton has appealed the decision, the Courier Mail report, which is still before the courts.

The lottery winner's son, Larry Bampton, is also dragged into this ordeal.

Following his Tattslotto Golden Casket win, the elderly father put down a $50,000 (£25,757) deposit on a new home for 66-year-old Larry less than two weeks later.

The following week he paid the remaining $505,000 (£260,148) for the four-bedroom house in Mountain Creek, on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, to own jointly with his son.

But after the dispute between his father and sister, Larry says the pair are no longer in touch.

“Nobody is the winner from this, it just destroys everyone in the family,” he told the Courier Mail.

“The worst thing that ever happened is he won the million dollars. One of the tragic lotto stories, I think.”

However, on Thursday Ms Vourlides lost her bid to have the court order that her father provide security for the $50,000 costs of his appeal, news.com.au reports.

In his ruling, Judge Philip Morrison ruled that Mr Brampton's assets, including a 40 per cent interest in the ownership of the unit in which he lives in a care home, would cover any associated costs during the trial.

But Ms Vourlides raised concerns that her brother, who owns 60 per cent of the pension unit, would “delay or delay” payment of the costs if their father were to die.

Devastated daughter fears her brother had “taken her father's side in the court case” and was “antagonistic” towards her.

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But Justice Morrison put an end to such concerns, stating that the allegation “is not sufficient to raise the issue on any level of probability, nor to the point that it would diminish the strength of the undertaking offered.”

The appeal will be heard at a later date.

Larry Bampton said he no longer talks to his father after the ordeal

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Larry Bampton said he no longer talks to his father after the ordealCredit: Facebook
The couple co-owned this house after Mr Bampton won the lottery

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The couple co-owned this house after Mr Bampton won the lotteryCredit: Core Logic

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