A local lawyer says a woman suing for the entire Margaree Chase the Ace jackpot has a good case.
The jackpot for Wednesday night’s Chase the Ace fundraiser was more than $1.2 million.
Two names were on the winning ticket- Barb Reddick of Guysborough and Tyrone MacInnis, her nephew, of Glace Bay.
Reddick says she put Tyrone’s name on the ticket only for good luck, and she’s suing him for the other half of the jackpot.
Adam Rodgers with Boudrot-Rodgers told The Hawk Morning Show Reddick would only owe MacInnis if he provided something as part of a verbal contract, not if she was giving him something in goodwill.
“You can’t be held to making a charitable donation if you promised one, or if you say ‘Well, I’m going to get you such-and-such for your birthday’- that’s not a contract, that’s just a promise on your part, a gift,” he said. “That can’t be enforced.”
Rodgers said there are some key questions in the dispute, including what they agreed to before the draw.
“If they agreed “I’ll drive you down, don’t pay me any gas money, you buy the tickets (and) we’ll split,’ if there was something like that, he has a case,” he said. “If not, then it’s just a gratuitous gift, promise, which would not be enforceable.”
Rodgers said Reddick will have to provide evidence as to why MacInnis’ name and phone number were on the ticket if he didn’t contribute in some way.
You can listen to the entire interview here.