Fifty-one-year-old Barbara Quiles is a retired nurse who has been living on disability. She suffers from “lupus, bulging discs, spinal stenosis and has had two hip replacement surgeries.”
She claims that she sent her then 19-year-old daughter Linza Ford out to buy a scratch lottery ticket for her one day back in 2012. As luck would have it, the ticket won a $1 million prize.
Quiles claims she had Ford accept the prize because she was too sick and wanted to protect the money from inheritance issues for her daughters — not because she wanted to stay eligible to receive government disability checks.
Quiles claims the money was always hers and that Ford violated their agreement. The New York Daily News reports that in a lawsuit filed in May, Quiles claims:
…she needs an emergency order against daughter Linza Ford “to immediately cease any further use of my lottery winnings” and to “return all of my lottery winnings she has taken from me.”
Ford “betrayed and left me,” the mom, who’s suing her daughter over the missing cash, said in an affidavit.
The pair is scheduled to appear in court on October 22 to resolve the case.
What’s more, Quiles was charged with welfare fraud in 1989, which resulted in five years of probation and a $7,500 restitution order.
According to the New York Daily News, Quiles could be facing charges again, this time for failure to repay ten years worth of food stamp and disability benefits she received from the government.