Lottery winner threatens to sue nephew for his share

It didn’t take long for the lives to change for winners of a lottery in Nova Scotia.

It was all going predictably well when a woman and her nephew showed up to claim the $1.2 million lottery jackpot on Thursday.

They posed for the obligatory photo with a big check.

But then the organization running the lottery to raise money for fire trucks gave them the two checks you can actually cash, each for about $600,000.

That’s when family warfare broke out.

“I’m taking him to court. I’m getting a lawyer tomorrow. Now you can print that,” Barbara Reddick of Guysborough, Nova Scotia, said of her nephew, Tyrone MacInnis.

Both names were on the winning ticket. The nephew says they had a deal to split the pot.

“Yes, we did,” he said.

“He’s lying,” Reddick said.

“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.”

  • >>Both names were on the winning ticket.<<

    This should be the end of this story…

    • TBH

      You would think so…I’m having trouble understanding the fact that she is going to spend thousands and thousands of dollars to litigate this issue (and create a rift in the family) over something that certainly seems clear cut.

      • Jerry

        If she made what would normally be considered smart money decisions, she wouldn’t have played the lottery in the first place.

      • RBHolb

        Also, why is she making herself famous as the aunt who is trying to stiff her nephew out of his share of free money?

        I might feel differently if she had done anything to earn it besides buying a ticket.

        • TBH

          Agreed. I have to wonder if the nephew can counter-sue for the cost of defense counsel on the presumption of winning? I’m not sure how civil cases work well enough to know that and especially not Canadien civil cases.

      • Rob

        At least she can afford it.

  • Veronica

    Well, lady, tough cookies. There’s a life lesson for you.

  • MrE85

    Reminds me of what I am going through right now. When family members fight over money, look out!

    • Ugh. I’m sorry you have to go through this.

      • MrE85

        Me too. Really, only one party id fighting. I’m just trying to do the job of handling the estate according to the law.

    • RBHolb

      Blood and money–stay away from that lawsuit!

  • MCH

    My Dad had a great line…”I’m spending all my money while I’m alive–I want it to be a sad day when I die.” And he did and it was (but would have been anyway!).

  • Guest

    I told my kids they get everything when I die. Kid A gets Master Card, kid B gets Visa……

  • $600K isn’t enough… Sheesh.