A woman has split opinions online after explaining she gave her nephew a lottery ticket that turned out to be a winner.
And, now she wants some of the money for herself.
The aunt posted about her dilemma on Reddit and explained she was living on the breadline.
She said: “I have had a really rough year, laid off from my job and I’m out of unemployment options.
“I do own my house and managed to scrape by to pay my property taxes and insurance with odd jobs but I am eating ramen just about every meal.”
As it was her nephew’s birthday she “scraped together” some money to buy him some lottery tickets as that’s all she could afford.
But, he actually won something…
She noted: “The second one was actually into the middle five figures.
“I mean life changing money (I can’t say exactly how much because in our state lottery winners are all public record).”
But, while pleased for her nephew she did note that the boy’s mum and dad – her sister and brother-in-law – were “very well off”.
The aunt added: “My nephew has a fully funded college fund and every material thing he could ever want.”
After the win, she contacted her sister and asked if the nephew would give her three-quarters of the winnings.
The aunt commented: said: “She asked if I was serious.
“I said I felt I was being very generous because I really need all of it.
“She actually hung up on me. I texted my nephew and I think he actually blocked me.”
She continued: “Here’s the thing, I NEED this money. It’s a matter of me eating or not eating. He doesn’t.
“Am I the a******e for thinking he should share the winnings of the gift I gave him?”
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And, in the comments many people weighed in on the situation.
One person wrote: “YTA Could you get more entitled? You don’t get any of his present, regardless of your situation and his.”
While a second noted: “I hate that mentality from OP. Before I read the story I had a feeling the ticket was going to be a gift.
“So scummy to expect the person to share their winnings when the winnings are from a gift.”
A third said: “Don’t give lottery tickets as presents if you aren’t willing to give up the potential of a win.”
But, others were more understanding of the woman.
One said: “I am sorry, I understand you are in a terrible financial situation, however you gave the lottery ticket to your nephew as a present, so it’s his and you have no claim to it.
“Imagine if you gave him 50$ for his birthday and he got lottery ticket himself, would you still expect him to share?”
While another noted: “I understand your situation, but those lottery tickets are his property.
“Look on the bright side, you now know just how much your nephew loves you back!”
A third said: “It would be cool if he helped you out and you would probably be within your rights to ask for a little help from him, but feeling ENTITLED to 3/4 the value of a GIFT you got him?”
What do you think? Tell us in the comments…