‘I’m not be­ing greedy’

Aunt says kin doesn’t de­serve half of lotto jack­pot

Toronto Sun - - NEWS -

HALIFAX — A Nova Sco­tian 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., Wed­nes­day night, though Red­dick in­sists the full amount — $1,222,639 — 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 in an in­ter­view 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 couldn’t 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% — 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% 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 fire­fight­ers’ club in Mar­ga­ree Forks, nei­ther Red­dick nor MacIn­nis were there, and their at­ten­dance was not re­quired.

A fire­fighter drew the card on their be­half.

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

Ty­rone MacIn­nis and Barb Red­dick hold their cheque af­ter win­ning the lot­tery. But Red­dick doesn’t want to share.

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