Judge freezes Mar­ga­ree Chase the Ace lot­tery prize un­til dis­pute is re­solved

The Casket - - LOCAL - NANCY KING CAPE BRE­TON POST com­mu­ni­ties@her­ald.ca

A Nova Sco­tia Supreme Court jus­tice has granted an or­der that a share of a con­tested Chase the Ace lot­tery prize will be frozen un­til there is a fi­nal out­come in the dis­pute.

Jus­tice Pa­trick Mur­ray pre­sented his oral de­ci­sion in Port Hawkes­bury Supreme Court Aug. 27.

Ear­lier in the month, Mur­ray had is­sued an in­terim or­der that Ty­rone Macin­nis of Glace Bay could not spend his share of the lot­tery prize. Macin­nis, along with his aunt, Bar­bara Red­dick of Guys­bor­ough, claimed the chase the ace jack­pot in Mar­ga­ree on July 10.

The rul­ing came dur­ing a hear­ing on mo­tion to freeze Macin­nis’ share sought by Red­dick, who claims she is en­ti­tled to the en­tire prize, not just half.

In her law­suit against her nephew, Red­dick as­serts she is the sole win­ner of the prize, ar­gu­ing she e-trans­ferred $100 to the 19-year-old Macin­nis to buy her tick­ets for the wildly pop­u­lar card game and that he could write his name on her tick­ets for good luck.

Red­dick, who re­tired after serv­ing in the Cana­dian Armed Forces as a sup­ply tech­ni­cian in the navy for 23 years, fur­ther claimed there was no dis­cus­sion or agree­ment with her nephew about split­ting the win­nings. She also claims Macin­nis, a univer­sity stu­dent, put his home phone num­ber on the tick­ets with­out her in­struc­tion or per­mis­sion.

Fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of two names on the $1.2-mil­lion win­ning ticket, Mar­ga­ree of­fi­cials di­vided the prize into two cheques for $611,319.50.

A set­tle­ment con­fer­ence has been set for Sept. 17 when the par­ties will meet with the judge in cham­bers to see whether they can come to an agree­ment re­gard­ing the win­nings.

Nancy King/cape Bre­ton Post

Bar­bara Red­dick was in tears after Jus­tice Pa­trick Mur­ray granted an or­der freez­ing the con­tested por­tion of a $1.2 mil­lion Chase the Ace lot­tery jack­pot in Port Hawkes­bury Supreme Court Mon­day. Her nephew, Ty­rone Macin­nis, will not be able to spend any of his por­tion of the win­nings un­til the dis­pute is dealt with by the courts.

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