Montreal (AFP) | 13 July 2018 19:09
“See you in court,” Barbara Reddick told nephew Tyrone MacInnis, even as they were posing Thursday with an oversized check representing the total winnings of Can$1.2 million ($912,000).
Both names were on the winning ticket, lottery officials said in Margaree Forks, a tiny town in the eastern province of Nova Scotia.
“I bought the ticket,” Reddick announced at the photo-op ceremony, the CBC network reported. “Now he’s trying to lie and say I said ‘split'” the winnings.
When she offered to divide any winnings, she added, it was in anticipation of a much smaller prize.
“I put his name on the ticket for good luck because he’s like a son to me — he was,” Reddick said.
“He was lucky, but not for half a million dollars!”
But MacInnis insisted that “we did” have an agreement.
A lottery official said the winnings had been divided equally since there were two names on the ticket, resulting in two identical checks of Can$600,000 — an approach approved by the provincial gaming commission.
“I didn’t expect anything like that to happen,” the official told CBC. “I’m a little bit disappointed.”
Of course the internet didn’t hold back!
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