Margaree Chase the Ace – Winners in dispute over how winnings will be divided
Barb Reddick and Tyrone MacInnis accepted the cheque just before the mood of the event changed.
-by Rankin MacDonald
Then all hell broke loose!
It was to be a joyous affair with the handing out of $1,222, 639 to the winners of the Margaree Chase the Ace, won the night before, by Barbara Reddick and her nephew Tyrone MacInnis.
The media, the winners, and the organizers were on hand for the historic event and all seemed normal as The Oran spoke to each of the winners.
Tyrone MacInnis, 19, a student at Cape Breton University said he was at work at Tim Horton’s when his family showed up at Tim’s and said, “You won Chase the Ace.”
He said he didn’t know if the ace was picked so he called the fire department and they told him it was true, the ace was picked and he and his aunt won the $1.2 million.
“I stayed, finished my shift but I was in shock,” said the Glace Bay native.
He is a second year Bachelor of Science student at CBU and besides helping with his tuition he has no plans for the money but will put it away and “think on it.”
“I send the money to him and he comes and buys the tickets,” said Barbara Reddick.
Her nephew told her about the win but she didn’t believe him and said, “you’re lying.”
She went online to find out that she won.
“I’m going to pay off the car,” she said.
Reddick is retired from the Canadian Navy where she served as a supply tech and described her win as “a dream come true.”
She said it will help with their retirement but for now she’ll put it away and think what to do with it from her Guyborough home.
“I have no kids, just four dogs,” she said.