Barbara Reddick and her nephew Tyrone, who she has threatened to sue over their lottery winnings
A Canadian woman is taking her nephew to court over a CA $1.2 million (£690,000) lottery jackpot win, announcing “Tyrone is getting nothing from me” as the pair were presented with the over-sized cheque.
Barbara Reddick, from Guysborough in Nova Scotia, arrived for the presentation ceremony on Thursday afternoon to find, to her surprise, her nephew Tyrone MacInnis there too.
Mrs Reddick said she sat the 19-year-old down in her car in the car park, and asked him to tell what she says is the truth – that she never promised to split her winnings with him.
He refused, and entered the ceremony with her – noting that both their names were on the ticket.
“I’m taking him to court. It was my ticket,” she shouted. “Now he’s trying to lie and say I said split.”
Mrs Reddick claims she sent Mr MacInnis $100 via email transfer to buy her tickets for the Chase the Ace draw, a fundraiser for two volunteer fire departments in Margaree.
She said she told him to put his name on the ticket, beside hers, for luck - not because they planned on splitting any winnings.
“He’s always lucky with his draws, right?” said Mrs Reddick, a 57-year-old retired military maintenance technician.
“I said ‘Well, put your name on the ticket and you’ll be my good luck charm.’
“I didn’t say split. I never mentioned money at all.”
When she received a phone call saying the pair had won she claims she told the organiser: “No, I won! It was my ticket.”
Mrs Reddick said she asked her nephew, who she described as being like a son to her, how much he was expecting.
“I would have given him $150,000,” she said. “Listen, Tyrone was the son that I never had. Me and Tyrone — ask anybody — we’re very, very close.”
But Mr MacInnis said he expected half.
“Tyrone is getting nothing from me,” she said. “It’s just for the principle. We were so close. He broke my heart. He broke it. People go crazy when it comes to money.”
Mrs Reddick was presented with a cheque for half the jackpot, and then, asked how she felt, began shouting about getting a lawyer and suing Mr MacInnis.
She accused her brother, Mr MacInnis’ father, of just wanting a new truck out of the winnings.
The father was escorted out of the hall, shouting to the reporters, asking them to keep his young son’s name out of the news.
“I’ll never speak to him,” said Mrs Reddick. “In this lifetime or the next.”