Winning the Canadian lottery divides the internet

It’s a familiar story – of families thrown into conflict when good fortune comes in the form of winning the lottery.

A young Canadian woman, however, got a serious itch after checking tickets for her uncle and then came up with the idea to win big prizes through free games for herself.

The woman recently took to an online forum to ask, “Am I a chick?” – revealing what he had done.

It all started when she was contacted by her estranged uncle, who casually approached her to ask if she could check the tickets he had purchased in her area.

She said he couldn’t do it online himself because his IP address indicated he was in another province.

She agreed and he sent her the pictures of the tickets.

After checking them on an app, lo and behold, his uncle had won some free spins.

A week later, she used one of the free games and won $8,986.42 (USD).

A file image of lottery tickets at a kiosk in Toronto, Canada.
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“Now if I had bought the original ticket, everything would be fine and dandy,” she said.

“But I feel like I might be the fool here if I don’t tell my uncle and offer to share the prize.

“I mean, the free tickets/games were worthless to me, and I picked the ticket that won big, but I never spent any money on the lottery tickets.”

The woman then informed the forum that she was thinking of telling him that she had won some money, but a smaller amount, and then she would keep the difference.

“Should I tell him I won, but only $3,000 and see what his reaction is? she asked.

“So, worst case scenario, I’m the god-sent granddaughter who made $3,000 and gave it all to my parent, and I still have enough for most of a new heating solution.”

In an attempt to present some extenuating circumstances to the forum, she said that she and her uncle were “not close”.

An assortment of Canadian lottery games spread out on a table.
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“I mean, we’ve seen each other twice in the last 15 years, once at a wedding and once at a funeral,” she said in denial.

“I’m not close with anyone on that side of the family, so pushing them away is really our current dynamic.”

But the good in her seems to have prevailed, with the woman finally deciding to confess to her uncle.

“I’ll text him in the morning, honestly, I don’t care that much about money and I’d rather have good karma,” she said.

“I’ll see what he wants to do, and if he wants it all, I’ll suggest I save a few bucks for my work—like $20—and call it good.”

But his brief reflection on greed led the forum to ethics.

“You’re mostly stupid. This money is not yours, and it is clear that you are not happy to help people when you are now planning to steal their hard earned money,” one complained.

“If you haven’t discussed what to do with the potential benefits, then technically you haven’t done anything wrong. On the other hand, you got the tickets only because of him, so if it were me, I would offer half of the profits”, said another well-meaning person.

“For me personally, I’d offer half, just because I’d hate for something like that to come between the family (we all know what money can do to some people), even if it’s not necessary, it’s nice to is offered. “, added another.

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