A "dollar and a dream" has turned into a $1 million legal nightmare — with a Brooklyn, New York, woman accusing her daughter of running off with her jackpot.
In papers filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court, Barbara Quiles says her daughter, Linza Ford, has absconded with her winnings.
"It's heartbreaking what she's done," Quiles, 51, said Tuesday night. "God is on my side. God doesn't like ugly and this is ugly."
The mother says she suffers from lupus, bulging discs, spinal stenosis and has had two hip replacement surgeries.
"I'm a retired nurse. I live month to month on disability," Quiles said. "This stress sets off my lupus."
But Ford maintains the ticket and the $1 million jackpot are and always were hers.
"This was my ticket," Ford told The News. "She's not entitled to any of it."
The 21-year-old said her mother is mentally ill, "which is why I left" her home nine months ago.
Quiles' bombshell suit says she became ill after she purchased the winning New York Lottery scratch-off ticket on Nov. 27, 2012, at the Prabjhu Grocery Store near her Bensonhurst home.
Quiles tried to be "a good mother" and said she trusted Ford to claim the winnings on her behalf and have the money deposited into her bank account — $50,000 a year over a 20-year term.
"I love my kids," said Quiles, who denied ever being diagnosed with a mental illness. "If I didn't have so much confidence and faith in her, I wouldn't have trusted her. She took it all."
The lawsuit, made public on Tuesday, explains that Quiles did not want Ford and her other two children — Alexa, 8, and Stephanie, 29 — to have to deal with any legal inheritance issues if she died.
"I'm the winner of the Million Dollar Scratch-off, however I let my daughter claim my winnings because of my illness," said Quiles.
"With the possibility of serious medical events, Quiles did not want for (Ford) to have any legal inheritance issues" regarding the lottery winnings, says the suit, which was made public Tuesday. Quiles was unaware that her greedy daughter was featured in a December 2012 article in the Daily News and another publication, touting her luck in winning the money from the Million Dollar Scratch ticket.
Ford, 21 of Horseheads, N.Y., also had an emotional account about her father's recent disability and the possibility of putting college on hold to save money — nothing about her mother, which violated their "lottery agreement," the suit says.
Over the course of the next two years, Quiles said she trusted Ford to open a safety deposit box at Santander Bank on 86th St. and was granted power of attorney in order to access the box.
Things turned sour around last November when Quiles' bank account was flushed out and she was denied access to the deposit box that contains $50,000 of her "irreplaceable" and "sentimental" valuables, including her late husband's jewelry, the suit says.
Quiles said she was in the hospital last April and that Ford did not visit her. She said they had a falling out and that she told her daughter her boyfriend was no longer welcomed in her home.
Ford moved out of her house soon after, Quiles said.
"When she left, she even stole my dog, Daisy," Quiles said of her beloved Rat Terrier puppy. "I've done everything for this child. She even left me stuck with her student loans from Hofstra (University)."
Ford counters that she's the one who bought the ticket, and the bank account was hers.
She said she let her mom withdraw money from the account, but the withdrawals were getting bigger and bigger.
"She started withdrawing everything," Ford said, leading her to transfer the account and move out of her Brooklyn home.
Ford, who according to her Facebook page was married in a backyard ceremony last week, said she had "no idea" her mom had filed suit.
"She's not well," she said.
Quiles' suit charges Ford violated their "lottery agreement" and is "intentionally exploiting" her.
The suit says she "fears" Ford would take her "future winnings and leave the state or maybe even the country,"according to the court documents.
The mother is suing her daughter for violating their "lottery agreement," acting "illegally, maliciously, and recklessly with the purpose of intentionally exploiting" her, according to the court documents.
"She loves her daughter very much and it's unfortunate any of this is going on," said a woman who identified herself as Quiles' other daughter, Stephanie.
A woman who identified herself over the phone as Quiles' sister said, "This is causing her a lot of stress, This whole situation is making her very nervous, she's not doing well."
Asked if she still plays the lottery, Quiles said, "I still pick up a ticket or two, but now I go in with a dream but no dollar."
A rep for the state lottery declined comment.
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