She’d had a really rough year – laid off from her job and out of employment options, scraping by every month. Still, she wanted to give her nephew something for his birthday at the beginning of the month so she found whatever change she could and bought him a lottery ticket, little expecting anything more to happen.
“But holy sh*t, he actually won,” she wrote on Reddit.
Yet far from bringing anyone any happiness, the windfall has brought nothing but misery.
According to the woman, her nephew should hand over three-quarters of the cash to her because she needs it more than he does. “I do own my house and manage to pay my property taxes and insurance with odd jobs, but I am eating ramen just about every meal. Plus, I’m the one who bought him the ticket in the first place,” she says.
No one is revealing the full amount won but it “a crazy sum in the mid five-figure range”, she says. "I mean, life-changing money.”
Her sister and her family are wealthy already and don’t need all his winnings. "My nephew has a fully funded college fund and every material thing he could ever want," she claims.
"When I found out [how much he won] I told my sister that it would be really cool if my nephew gave me at least three-quarters of the winnings. She asked if I was serious.
“I said I felt I was being very generous because I really need all of the money. She actually hung up on me. I texted my nephew and I think he actually blocked me."
Now the woman's family is refusing to speak to her but that hasn’t stopped her on her crusade for the cash.
"I NEED this money. It's a matter of me eating or not eating . . . Am I the a**hole for thinking he should share the winnings of the gift I gave him?" she asked.
Reddit users had a clear answer for her: "You're crazy."
"Asking for a bit of cash for food is one thing – it’s a whole other thing if you're asking for 3/4 of his money which is his birthday present," one commented.
"Here's a gift; it's probably worthless but if by some miracle it turns out to be worth something I want it back,” another said. “That’s not how gifts work.”