"Urquhart and her husband, Orender's stepfather, later went with Orender to the Mobil station where they met with lottery officials"
"It was actually Orender's mother, Etta Urquhart, who took his $2 and bought two Mega Millions tickets at Stuarts Oak Street Mobil in Bakersfield.."
So the mom buys tickets for her son with or without a verbal agreement, the ticket wins, and her and the stepfather go with the son to validate the ticket. But only the son signed the ticket and the check was issued to him. If the ticket really belonged to the mom or there was some kind of arrangement made, why wasn't it made known when they validated the ticket?
How can she prove in court is was her ticket when she said she "took his $2" to buy the ticket and was present throughout the validation process?