Lotteries always bring out the best in people, don’t they?
A photo-op to celebrate a $1.2-million lottery win in Nova Scotia turned sour Thursday when two family members feuded over the win.
Barbara Reddick of Guysborough, N.S., and her nephew, Tyrone MacInnis, posed for the cameras with a giant cheque in Margaree Forks, N.S., after winning the Chase the Ace fundraiser benefitting two local fire departments.
Reddick then pointed at MacInnis and said: “See you in court.”
“It was my ticket,” she told a group of people gathered for the ceremony. “I bought the ticket and now he’s trying to lie and say I said split. I said split with the 50/50, not with no Chase the Ace.”
“I’m taking him to court. I’m getting a lawyer tomorrow. Now you can print that.”
“I put his name on the ticket for good luck because he’s like a son to me — he was,” she said. “He was lucky, but not for half a million dollars.”
The contact number on the ticket was for MacInnis, who lives in Glace Bay, N.S.
I’ve come across many cases where someone whose name wasn’t on a lottery ticket sued the winner for a share of the money, but never a situation where the plaintiff tried to argue that the other named person isn’t entitled to anything.
The fact that she listed his phone number on the ticket will likely be relevant to this case. But if she wants to retain my services to take her nephew to court to get all of the winnings for herself, she can give me a call. I’ll need a $600,000.00 retainer.
Speaking of Chase the Ace, here’s my kid brother: