An elderly woman is suing her own nephew for $600,000 in lottery winnings after the pair split a $1.2million prize down the middle.
Barbara Reddick, from Nova Scotia, Canada, said nephew Tyrone MacInnis ‘doesn’t deserve’ his share of the prize and she only put his name of the ticket for good luck.
She claims she agreed to split a runner-up prize with MacInnis if they won, but never agreed to give up half of the jackpot.
Barbara Reddick, from Nova Scotia, says she is suing her nephew Jerome MacInnis for his share of a $1.2million lottery prize after the pair won on a joint ticket this week
Reddick said she put MacInnis’s name on the ticket ‘for good luck’ but bought it herself and doesn’t believe he deserves the money
The pair were pictured holding a giant check after scooping the jackpot of the Margaree Chase the Ace on Wednesday.
MacInnis can be seen beaming from ear-to-ear, while Reddick stands next to him looking less than impressed.
Lottery organizers then presented the relatives with two smaller checks for $600,000 each, and it was at that point the Reddick lost her temper.
During an interview with Canadian news crews she pointed at MacInnis, saying: ‘See you in court.’
‘Chase the Ace winners is going to court, it was my ticket.’
Asked to explain herself, CBC recorded her shouting: ‘I bought the ticket and now he’s trying to lie and say we said split.
‘I said split with the 50/50 [runner-up prize], not no Chase the Ace. I’m taking him to court, I’m getting my lawyer tomorrow.
Questioned over whether the pair had an agreement, Reddick says ‘no we did not’ before accusing another relative of wanting to buy a truck with the money.
She adds: ‘I put his name on the ticket for good luck because he’s like a son to me. He was like a son. He was lucky, but not for half a million dollars.’
Relatives claimed that MacInnis actually bought the ticket himself on Monday, and that it had both of their names on it with his telephone number at the bottom
MacInnis and Reddick won the money Wednesday and arrived to collect their checks the following day before the feud exploded moments later
Asked whether she thinks Tyrone deserves the money, she said: ‘No I don’t think so.’
Footage Tyrone uploaded to Facebook of the draw on Wednesday clearly shows organizers reading out both names on a joint ticket.
An image of the ticket obtained by CTV also shows both names written clearly with MacInnis’s number at the bottom.
Relatives contacted by CTV said MacInnis bought the ticket himself on Monday ahead of the draw on Wednesday.
Neither party was present for the draw, and instead turned up on Thursday after learning they had won to collect the prize money.
Organizers said they had no idea of family divisions ahead of the check ceremony, and are ‘disappointed’ by the outcome.
However, they stood behind the decision to issue joint checks and said it had been cleared with the Nova Scotia Alcohol and Gaming board ahead of time.