A WOMAN whose mum gifted her a share of her £2million lottery win is being taken to court by her sisters who claim they are owed a slice.

Lisa Turnbull is facing a legal battle with her siblings over the jackpot, despite insisting her late mother Frances Lloyd intended for her to be the sole heir.

Frances, from Parksville, Canada, scooped a whopping £4million after her numbers came up on the Lotto 6/49 draw in June last year.

The mother-of-four deposited the entirety of the win into a joint bank account she had sent up years earlier with her daughter Lisa.

She gave Lisa access to the cash so that she could help her pay bills and for other purchases.

According to an affidavit, Lisa claims her mum transferred nearly £650,000 to another joint account she had with her husband, Stephen Turnbull.


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She claims this was a generous gift from her mother to show the couple appreciation for their help over the years.

The pair say they then used some of the money to pay off their mortgage.

Lisa, who was appointed Frances' power of attorney, said: "I never asked her for this money. I understood it to be a gift.

"I continued to use the account and assist my mother as I had before she won the lottery."

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In August 2021, Lisa claims she and her mother purchased a £650,000 Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) together using the funds in their joint account.

Frances later met with a lawyer to confirm her wishes for her estate, who told her she did not need a will if she wanted the remainder of her assets to go to Lisa alone.

The daughter, who describes herself as her mother's primary caregiver, added: "I continued to use the account and assist my mother as I had before she won the lottery."

She maintains Frances had no intention of splitting the jackpot between her three other children, Frances Graham, Stephanie Kennery and Matthew Lawruk.

But after being hospitalised in October last year, Frances had a change of heart and decided to gift Matthew over £320,000.

The mum-of-four then sadly passed away – without a will – leaving her surviving children fighting over her cash.

Lisa's statement continued: "On numerous occasions, our mother stated that Frances would not be given any of the winnings.


"She said she was ‘comfortable’ with the balance of the account going to me upon her death."

However, in January she gave her sister Stephanie nearly £6,500 from the joint account she shared with her husband.

Lisa explained: "When I gave her the money, I said it was for being a good sister and because I knew that she would not be receiving any money from my mother."

She and her husband Stephen now have a GIC worth almost £1million thanks to Frances' gift.

Yet her sisters have now launched a legal battle against Lisa in a bid to secure a portion of their mother's winnings.

In an affidavit, Matthew claimed their mother had never mentioned that she wished Lisa to receive the entire chunk.

He said: "To the best of my knowledge, I believe that all the winnings my mother gifted to me and Lisa prior to her death were meant to be gifts and not an advancement of our inheritance.

She said she was ‘comfortable’ with the balance of the account going to me upon her death.

"I believe that the remaining winnings currently in the joint bank account should be equally divided (among) all four children."

Sister Stephanie insists she never asked to receive any money, but said: "I know that my sister, Lisa Turnbull, and Matthew Lawruk asked my mother for money."

And Frances, named after her late mother, claims she is simply trying to confirm Lisa did not illegally swipe the cash.

She said: "We agree that even if we end up with a Timmie’s card after all this, at least the truth was told.

"I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t welcome some money, if there’s even anything left as they might have already spent all the money."

The complicated case remains ongoing at the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

We previously told how another Canadian man has sued his friends who cut him out after they won £600,000 on the lottery.

Philip Tsotsos from Windsor, Ontario, Canada has been left out of the massive prize that was won by the group of sixteen pals last summer.

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They claim that Tsotsos is not entitled to a part of the prize as he had not paid the amount required to stay in the lottery pool.

He is suing the group of friends for £40,000 and other costs, including interest.

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