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Chase the Ace lottery dispute settled between aunt and nephew

A Supreme Court judge has ordered that a Glace Bay man cannot spend his share of a million-dollar lottery prize, at least for now. Justice Patrick Murray issued an interim order Friday against Tyrone MacInnis, left, who, along with his aunt, Barbara Reddick of Guysbourough, right, claimed the $1.2-million Chase the Ace jackpot in Margaree on July 10.
The cheque presentation to Tyrone MacInnis of Glace Bay and his aunt, Barbara Reddick of Guysborough, on July 11, 2018 in Margaree. - The Canadian Press

PORT HAWKESBURY — A family dispute over a $1.2 million lottery prize was settled Monday after a five-hour settlement conference.

In July, Barbara Reddick of Guysborough and her nephew, Tyrone MacInnis of Glace Bay were announced as the winners of the $1.2 million prize in the Chase the Ace lottery held in Margaree Forks.

Immediately following the presentation, Reddick served verbal notice to her nephew that she was taking him to court to claim the full prize. They each received $611,319.50.

The first stage of the court process resulted in an order against MacInnis not to spend his portion of the win until a final rendering by the court.

Both sides were referred to a settlement process in hopes their case could be settled among themselves without court instruction.

As a result of Monday’s meeting, the two sides agreed that MacInnis will now receive $350,000 with Reddick claiming the remainder.

Lawyers Adam Rodgers (representing Reddick) and Candee McCarthy (representing MacInnis) declined comment Monday.

Reddick maintained she was the sole winner arguing she e-transferred $100 to MacInnis to buy her tickets and that he could write his name on her tickets for good luck.

Reddick is a retired supply technician from the Canadian Armed Forces while MacInnis is a first-year university student.

Reddick claimed MacInnis put his home phone number on the tickets without her instruction or permission.

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