What was supposed to be a festive New England Christmas tradition has turned sour for two former friends who are taking their fight over...

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BOSTON — What was supposed to be a festive New England Christmas tradition has turned sour for two former friends who are taking their fight over a $200,000 winning lottery ticket to court.

Brenda White, 55, of Plaistow, N.H., won $200,000 on a Massachusetts State Lottery $5 scratch ticket appropriately called “Bah Hum Bucks” during a Yankee swap party Dec. 15 in Haverhill.

In a Yankee swap, participants have the option of either keeping a gift they choose or swapping for a gift selected by someone who preceded them.

White swapped for the lottery ticket originally selected by Franco Sapia, 39, of Derry, N.H.

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Before scratching the ticket, she promised to split any winnings with Sapia, according to a complaint Sapia filed in Essex Superior Court.

She didn’t, and Sapia is claiming half the jackpot in his lawsuit, saying there were several witnesses to the promise.

A judge has agreed to freeze the jackpot until the matter is resolved.

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