Family Feud Over $1M Lottery Winnings

A woman by the name of Linza Ford, aged 21, comes from Horseheads in New York. The story goes that Linza won a $1 million New York lottery windfall that she planned on using for her to resume her college studies. Her mother Barbara Quiles, aged 51, has now launched a lawsuit claiming that she was in fact the lottery winner and her daughter reneged on the agreement by emptying her bank account. Read the full story below. 

This is the latest lottery lawsuit to come up after the recent Oz Powerball dispute where the syndicate leader made off with the group’s winnings. Linza’s lawsuit claims that on the date of November 27, 2012, Barbara bought the winning New York lottery scratch card worth $1 million from the Prabjhu Grocery Store near her Bensonhurst home in Brooklyn. Barbara decided for the lottery winnings to be claimed as instalments of $50,000 for 20 years. Because of Barbara’s poor health condition and fear of future legal inheritance issues, she entered into a Lottery Agreement with her daughter Linza. They opened a safety deposit box account with Barbara having Power of Attorney to access it.  


Ford now claims that the New York Lottery winnings are in fact hers and she is using them so that she can go back to college. Last year Linza had a falling out with her mother and Barbara asked her to leave the house. To her horror, Barbara discovered that the safety deposit box had been emptied by Linza. Barbara, a retired nurse, claims that she lives “month to month on disability” and the stress of this lawsuit has “set off her lupus.” Barbara also alleges her daughter left her with unpaid bills, taken her jewellery, and even her beloved dog too. 

On Linza’s Facebook page, she claimed the following, “I won the lottery and I signed for the ticket in November almost three years ago. This was my ticket. She’s not entitled to any of it.” Linza also stated that the bank account was hers and the reason she transferred the money was because her mother kept withdrawing larger and larger amounts. Linza shared that her mother, Barbara suffers from a bipolar disorder and that’s why she left the family home. Barbara denies this. 


This ongoing lawsuit is being dealt with at the Brooklyn Supreme Court and claims that Ford violated their “lottery agreement” and is “intentionally exploiting” her mother who fears her daughter will take “her future winnings and leave the state or perhaps even the country.” 

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