Canadian family's bitter divide over massive lottery win

Barbara Reddick and her nephew Tyrone MacInnis.
Barbara Reddick and her nephew Tyrone MacInnis. Photo credit: Margaree Chase the Ace/Facebook

A Canadian family is in a bitter divide over a massive CA$1.22 million (NZ$1.36 million) lottery win.

Last week, 19-year-old Tyrone MacInnis and his aunt Barbara Reddick found out they had won the top prize in the Margaree Chase the Ace draw. 

The pair were pictured holding the giant cheque with both their names on it - but now, the money has caused a deep divide between the two.

Ms Reddick told The Telegraph she had but both names on the ticket, but was never planning on splitting the money evenly with her nephew. 

She said she would gift him CA$150,000 (NZ$167,000), but he is insisting he is owed half of the prize money as his name is on the cheque.

"I put his name on the ticket for good luck because he's like a son to me - he was. He was lucky, but not for half a million dollars," CBC network reported Ms Reddick saying at the cheque ceremony.

A lottery official reportedly said the prize had to be split down the middle, as there were two names on the ticket - meaning the pair would be awarded CA$600,000 (NZ$671,379) cheque each.

The official told CBC this was a standard practice that has been approved by the provincial gaming commission.

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