‘I’m not be­ing greedy,’ aunt says of $1.2M jack­pot win

Red­dick staunchly de­fends her bid to keep to­tal lot­tery win

The Niagara Falls Review - - Canada & World - ALEX COOKE

HALIFAX — A Nova Sco­tia woman at the cen­tre of a fam­ily feud over a $1.2-mil­lion lot­tery win is staunchly de­fend­ing her bid to keep her nephew away from his share of the jack­pot — even though both of their names are on the win­ning ticket.

Barb Red­dick and Ty­rone MacIn­nis each won $611,319.50 from a Chase the Ace lot­tery in Mar­ga­ree Forks, N.S., on Wed­nes­day night, though Red­dick in­sists the full amount — $1,222,639.00 — is right­fully hers.

Red­dick, 57, said Fri­day she sent MacIn­nis money to buy $100 worth of tick­ets and told him to put his name on them for “good luck.” She said there was no dis­cus­sion about split­ting any win­nings.

Dur­ing a cel­e­bra­tory photo op Thurs­day, the two fam­ily mem­bers were handed sep­a­rate cheques. Red­dick then told the 19-year-old she in­tended to take him to court.

“I’m not be­ing greedy,” she said Fri­day from her home in Guys­bor­ough. “Ty­rone’s like a son to me. I bought Ty­rone every­thing ... and he wanted big-ticket items.”

Red­dick said MacIn­nis — who lives in Glace Bay, N.S. — doesn’t de­serve the money, say­ing she re­cently bought him a car and sent him cheques every month to help cover his col­lege ex­penses.

MacIn­nis could not be reached for com­ment, but a fam­ily friend said in a Face­book mes­sage that she was sad­dened by the sit­u­a­tion, de­scrib­ing the young man as a “great guy.”

Chase the Ace, a pop­u­lar fundraiser in Nova Sco­tia, is sim­i­lar to a 50-50 draw, but with a twist.

In­stead of giv­ing half of the ticket sales to the per­son whose ticket is drawn, they in­stead get 20 per cent — and the chance to draw an ace of spades from a deck of play­ing cards for a larger jack­pot. If they fail to draw the ace, 30 per cent of the ticket sales are added to a grow­ing pot un­til an­other win­ner draws the ace.

When the win­ning ticket was drawn Wed­nes­day at the lo­cal fire­men’s club in Mar­ga­ree Forks, nei­ther Red­dick nor MacIn­nis were there, and their at­ten­dance was not re­quired. A fire­man drew the card on their be­half.

In an emailed state­ment, a spokesper­son for Nova Sco­tia’s Al­co­hol, Gam­ing, Fuel and Tobacco Di­vi­sion said if names are listed a win­ning ticket, the agency ex­pects the lot­tery li­censee to split the prize equally among those named.

“From our per­spec­tive, the prize has been awarded and the lot­tery is con­cluded,” the agency said in a state­ment. “If there is a dis­pute be­tween the win­ners, it should be re­solved by the par­ties in­volved.”

On Fri­day, Red­dick said she was wait­ing to hear from a lawyer.

The ugly out­come came as a shock to Ber­nice Cur­ley, chair of Chase the Ace Mar­ga­ree.

“We would not have known there was any an­i­mos­ity or any­thing un­til af­ter they fin­ished get­ting their pic­ture taken with the cheque,” she said. “It lit­er­ally came out of nowhere.”

Cur­ley said she was dis­ap­pointed that the con­tro­versy has over­shad­owed the fundrais­ing event.

While she said they’re still count­ing the money earned from ticket sales, a “sub­stan­tial” por­tion will go to­ward some new equip­ment for two Mar­ga­reearea fire de­part­ments.

More than 100 vol­un­teers helped with the event, she said.

“For us, we pulled off an amaz­ing fundraiser in a very small com­mu­nity with a whole lot of help from that com­mu­nity, and this over­shad­ows it,” said Cur­ley. “This is not what we wanted to be re­mem­bered for.”

BER­NICE CUR­LEY THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Ty­rone MacIn­nis and Barb Red­dick ac­cept their Chase the Ace lot­tery prize in this hand­out photo. Red­dick in­sists the full amount is right­fully hers even though both their names are on the win­ning ticket.

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