In 2012, 21-year-old Linza Ford won $1,000,000 on a scratch-off card from the New York State lottery, and has since been receiving her prize in $50,000 installments.
Being a good daughter, Ford agreed to share the winnings with her mother, 51-year-old Barbara Quiles, who was granted access to Ford’s bank account, according to the New York Daily News.
Ford told her mother that she could use some of the lottery winnings to pay off her debt, take care of her younger daughter, and pay for any tuition or medical bills.
However, Ford discovered that Quiles had been using the money for plastic surgery, including a face lift, tummy tuck, breast reduction and oral implants.
Due to this discovery, Ford closed down the bank account and cut off her mother’s access to the money, which in turn resulted in Quiles filing a lawsuit against her daughter.
The mother is claiming that the scratch-off ticket and lottery winnings are actually hers, and that she agreed to let Ford cash in the winning ticket because of illnesses she was suffering from at the time.
However, Ford’s attorney has pointed out that Quiles is on government assistance and could face charges of defrauding the government if she really did have her daughter cash in a winning ticket on her behalf.