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Woman takes Fla. Lottery to court for ticket misprint

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Posted: May 22, 2010, 7:41 am - IP Logged

Check this story instead. Wink

http://www.lotterypost.com/news/156108

 Apparently they did match the numbers, but the 2 letters underneath did not match.  Click on "watch video" to view.  in the story. 

LOL, 3 cases of FL not paying up on $500,000 tickets, I knew   one other involving two matching "13"s but  the letter code under each 13 doesn't match! look the closeup, this ticket is #13 but number 1 matched. 

Why FL, any other state not paying?? I thought all tickets were made by same company, Scientific Games or G Games or some place. So they should make tickets for all states right? or FL got a bad batch

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    Posted: May 22, 2010, 8:52 am - IP Logged

    So you lost 500,000.00..No big deal..Must be a big blow tho first losing her husband and then 500,000.00..Wonder if Florida Lottery will give back the price of the ticket?..We have no idea what this feels like but we have to feel sorry for this woman..

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      Posted: May 22, 2010, 9:55 am - IP Logged

      The picture clearly shows the letters TH under the top "1" and the letters ONE under the other "1", they are not matching "1"s.  There's no misprint and there's no match which was required to win.  That's Florida lottery original story and they are probably going to stick with it. 

      Part of the excitement of playing scratch-offs are those types of tricks that make you think you've won until you take a closer look, that's the reason I seldom play them and when I do I prefer the ones that say match the symbol three times and you win..

      I am sure the ticket doesnt say "Match the number AND all symbols and letters below the numbers". It most likely just says 'match the numbers', and in this case, it does. plus, Florida might have  A LITTLE bit of a case if the letters under the one said "TWO" or "FIVE' but it has 'TH', which is at least part of the words 'FIVE HUND THO' (or whatever it says there).

      So yeah, that is truly heartbreaking for this couple, well now this poor widowed woman, to have to fight this. And for 3 years? I wonder why it has taken so long? Now Florida Lottery will probably say "oh they waited too long to claim the prize and the game is expired"

      More power to this woman, I hope she gets every dime of her prize, the attorney fees, and then some. Shame on ANY lottery for even holding back like this, its not like they are hurting for the money. I am sure there are triple that amount in unclaimed prizes, plus, the bad publicity will hurt them in lost sales as well...

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        Posted: May 22, 2010, 10:06 am - IP Logged

        That ticket could say Christmas Day and it wouldn't matter. It's the lottery's mistake, not the Curcio's. The lottery should pay and then sue the printing company for the $500K.

        I Agree,
        When I look at my scratchers,  I look to see that my number matches theirs,  plain and simple.  Iam SO SICK of  "oh it was a misprint."  "oh the slot machine malfunctioned" stories I could just barf.  And Im also so sick of the term  "The lottery is a business".     I would expect a BUSINESS  to provide legal and ethical services, I would also reserve the right to sue them after i find they have been misrepresenting themselves.

        The lottery has been able to  keep scratcher tickets in play for months after the last jackpot is sold, until we all said NO MORE!
        I don't know about all of your tickets but CA tickets says "If your NUMBER matches the winning 'NUMBER" THEN YOU WIN.  It does not say anything about the letters underneath,  If they want to play hardball and specifics,  I'd say let their attorney play the specifics game too!  The misprint May have been the  TH and the missing  serial number. 

        Okay let go this way  sue for the price of the ticket, and $500,00 for punitive damages for selling a defective ticket.  Its not like the purchasers could pick what ticket she buys,  and she definately couldnt have returned the "defective" ticket at the store after it was revealed as a true Loser.

        I have said time and time again...
        THE ODDS ARE STACKED HIGH ENOUGH AGAINST US.  WE DON'T NEED AN ADDITIONAL LOTTERY THUMB PRESSING DOWN ON THE SCALE!

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          Posted: May 22, 2010, 10:47 am - IP Logged

          I am sure the ticket doesnt say "Match the number AND all symbols and letters below the numbers". It most likely just says 'match the numbers', and in this case, it does. plus, Florida might have  A LITTLE bit of a case if the letters under the one said "TWO" or "FIVE' but it has 'TH', which is at least part of the words 'FIVE HUND THO' (or whatever it says there).

          So yeah, that is truly heartbreaking for this couple, well now this poor widowed woman, to have to fight this. And for 3 years? I wonder why it has taken so long? Now Florida Lottery will probably say "oh they waited too long to claim the prize and the game is expired"

          More power to this woman, I hope she gets every dime of her prize, the attorney fees, and then some. Shame on ANY lottery for even holding back like this, its not like they are hurting for the money. I am sure there are triple that amount in unclaimed prizes, plus, the bad publicity will hurt them in lost sales as well...

          This makes the most sense..Tickets all say "Match your numbers with the winning numbers" and not symbols unless you buy a ticket that says symbols and there are tickets that do say that and have symbols..Pay up Florida..

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            Posted: May 22, 2010, 11:23 am - IP Logged

            I am sure the ticket doesnt say "Match the number AND all symbols and letters below the numbers". It most likely just says 'match the numbers', and in this case, it does. plus, Florida might have  A LITTLE bit of a case if the letters under the one said "TWO" or "FIVE' but it has 'TH', which is at least part of the words 'FIVE HUND THO' (or whatever it says there).

            So yeah, that is truly heartbreaking for this couple, well now this poor widowed woman, to have to fight this. And for 3 years? I wonder why it has taken so long? Now Florida Lottery will probably say "oh they waited too long to claim the prize and the game is expired"

            More power to this woman, I hope she gets every dime of her prize, the attorney fees, and then some. Shame on ANY lottery for even holding back like this, its not like they are hurting for the money. I am sure there are triple that amount in unclaimed prizes, plus, the bad publicity will hurt them in lost sales as well...

            I am sure the ticket doesnt say "Match the number AND all symbols and letters below the numbers".

            True, but it probably did say it has to be verified by the Florida Lottery which included checking all the security numbers and letter codes they put on those tickets to make sure they are legitimate winners.  They said three years ago this ticket was not a winner, I'm surprised this case hasn't been settled by now.  This case may have to be settled by the next generation.

            I remember a case in the New England area where a guy sue to get the money another guy claimed after finding a winning scratch-off ticket in the trash of a restaurant where he have bought a bunch of tickets and threw them into the trash.  He died and his son had to carry on the fight and I never did hear if the case was settled.

             * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
               
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              Posted: May 22, 2010, 3:02 pm - IP Logged

              I am sure the ticket doesnt say "Match the number AND all symbols and letters below the numbers". It most likely just says 'match the numbers', and in this case, it does. plus, Florida might have  A LITTLE bit of a case if the letters under the one said "TWO" or "FIVE' but it has 'TH', which is at least part of the words 'FIVE HUND THO' (or whatever it says there).

              So yeah, that is truly heartbreaking for this couple, well now this poor widowed woman, to have to fight this. And for 3 years? I wonder why it has taken so long? Now Florida Lottery will probably say "oh they waited too long to claim the prize and the game is expired"

              More power to this woman, I hope she gets every dime of her prize, the attorney fees, and then some. Shame on ANY lottery for even holding back like this, its not like they are hurting for the money. I am sure there are triple that amount in unclaimed prizes, plus, the bad publicity will hurt them in lost sales as well...

              I also agree with you. Since the ticket said match the numbers and nothing else, I can see her having a case. She matched the numbers. I think the Florida lotterys and other states, need to be more careful how they design their tickets to avoid problems like this.

              "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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                Posted: May 22, 2010, 4:28 pm - IP Logged

                am going to be the bad guy here

                and say the lotto should not pay up

                they keep records of winning tickets and only make so much money off of them

                 

                thro someone should be fired over this mistake IF,big if

                if they KNEW ahead of time, this could happen, and did not do ever thing to fix it

                and go ouch will, when the mis prints winners come to claim, we tell them no

                then their the bigest <snip>s alive

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                  Posted: May 22, 2010, 10:06 pm - IP Logged

                  Somehow losing tickets are never misprints.  Roll Eyes

                  you got that right......

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                    Posted: May 23, 2010, 9:16 am - IP Logged

                    The printing company makes tons of money printing tickets for the state. (Anybody with a government contract makes tons because the government doesn't care what anything costs when they're spending other people's money) They should make the printing company responsible to cover all of their own mistakes. The mistakes will stop immediately, guaranteed. The printing company could get insurance to cover their losses. Problem solved.

                    This theory goes out the window however if the owner of the printing company is some Governor's brother-in-law or a major campaign contributor.


                                                                 
                                         
                                                             

                     

                     

                     

                     

                                                                                                                       

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                      Posted: May 23, 2010, 1:09 pm - IP Logged

                      Check this story instead. Wink

                      http://www.lotterypost.com/news/156108

                      The Cusio's have been fighting this for 3 years. I hope she wins so that she can payoff some of those mounting legal fees.

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                        Posted: May 23, 2010, 5:19 pm - IP Logged

                        I think Florida lottery should pay up. I would be excited to see I had matched the numbers. I don't look to see if my scratch tickets have a serial number, just the number at the bottom of the scratch ticket.  Pay up Florida, do the right thing. It was your printing mistake. Don't send tickets out with flaws.

                        I Agree!Florida need to pay ,scratchs off are rip off .No No

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                          Posted: May 23, 2010, 5:26 pm - IP Logged

                          Ok,looks like that ticket may be one of those spoof tickets.Ann Marie should look behind that ticket and read it .It just might say "Redeem at North pole-see and talk to Santa Claus".

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                            The printing company makes tons of money printing tickets for the state. (Anybody with a government contract makes tons because the government doesn't care what anything costs when they're spending other people's money) They should make the printing company responsible to cover all of their own mistakes. The mistakes will stop immediately, guaranteed. The printing company could get insurance to cover their losses. Problem solved.

                            This theory goes out the window however if the owner of the printing company is some Governor's brother-in-law or a major campaign contributor.

                            Or a mailman..

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                              Posted: May 24, 2010, 3:57 pm - IP Logged

                              Anyone else notice that this ticket was good old number "13" on the roll? Confused

                              All that aside though, my views are that the Florida Lottery should pay her out since there apparently was no tampering on her part....another thing I am very curious about is whether the "TH" under the number "1" which is what they matched, is not perhaps part of the lettering we see under the latex when we have a winner (or non winner!)...like when we win $5 we see F I V scattered throughout the playing surface...perhaps because it is a grand prize winner the ticket was printed with the "TH" taking the place of the "One" that would appear in any other case (such as a losing ticket).  Meaning that the "TH" is REALLY a part of the F I V E H U N  T H  (Or whatever form they use to denote it) ..... In this case it is DEFINITELY adamant denial by the lottery officials....

                              I would like to hear some thoughts about this from other members, and I am VERY curious if their lawyers have considered this angle??

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                              (Oh if someone already mentioned the same basic gist of my observation, please forgive me as I didn't read all the comments yet!)