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Colossal Fail: Cowboys lottery game winners not getting tickets after all

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Posted: November 17, 2010, 8:47 pm - IP Logged

By Todd Northrop

Two winners of a Cowboys-themed scratch game from the Texas Lottery were advised by letter that they won 2011 Season tickets, but then the lottery informed them it was a clerical error, and they would not get the tickets.

Instead of season tickets, Delvin Delamar of Irving and Kathy Clark of Amarillo, the two winners, will be allowed to have seats in the NFL team's "war room" during draft day selections, be invited to a draft-day party, plus get free lodging and transportation to the events.

"It's a great prize, especially if you're a die-hard Cowboys fan, which I understand Mr. Delamar is," said Bobby Heith, a spokesman for the Texas Lottery Commission.

And it should be interesting, Delamar agreed.

"But to be honest, it was the tickets, getting to go all season, that's why I was so excited," he said Tuesday. "And I talked with Kathy in Amarillo, and she feels the same way I do — that we should be getting tickets."

Heath said the draft-day prize package is the second-most valuable among the second-chance awards:  it is valued at $50,000, along with $16,667 to cover taxes.

The top second-chance prize is the Wild Weekend Package.  That prize provides the winner and 19 friends a suite at a Cowboys home game, a tour of the stadium and the team's Valley Ranch practice facility, a pre-game party and transportation, including airfare for out-of-town guests.

The error came when lottery staff put together congratulatory letters to the winners and somehow added that "the prize includes a pair of 2011 Season Tickets ... located in the Club Seat Section between the 30-yard lines."

Individual game tickets in that section sell for $340 each, and season ticket holders must buy personal seat licenses costing thousands of dollars.

"It was a cut-and-paste error," Heith said. "As soon as we realized we'd made an unfortunate error, we immediately called the two winners and followed that up with a letter."

Delamar and Clark did claim the draft weekend prizes, but according to Heith they were both disappointed they wouldn't get the season tickets.

"It's a great prize, especially if you're a die-hard Cowboys fan, which I understand Mr. Delamar is," said Bobby Heith, a spokesman for the Texas Lottery Commission.

And it should be interesting, Delamar agreed.

"But to be honest, it was the tickets, getting to go all season, that's why I was so excited," he said Tuesday. "And I talked with Kathy in Amarillo, and she feels the same way I do — that we should be getting tickets."

Do I smell a lawsuit in the making???

Easy for Heith to poo-poo it away. He wasn't on the receiving end of a letter saying you won the grand prize only to have that grand prize taken away and replaced with a boobie prize.

Why place all the blame on some poor unsuspecting clerk?

Who signed these letters?

Why didn't the signer of the letters read them before sending them out?

I really want to see how the Cowboys Organization handles this snaffu.............

    rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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    Posted: November 18, 2010, 1:58 am - IP Logged

    "It's a great prize, especially if you're a die-hard Cowboys fan, which I understand Mr. Delamar is," said Bobby Heith, a spokesman for the Texas Lottery Commission.

    And it should be interesting, Delamar agreed.

    "But to be honest, it was the tickets, getting to go all season, that's why I was so excited," he said Tuesday. "And I talked with Kathy in Amarillo, and she feels the same way I do — that we should be getting tickets."

    Do I smell a lawsuit in the making???

    Easy for Heith to poo-poo it away. He wasn't on the receiving end of a letter saying you won the grand prize only to have that grand prize taken away and replaced with a boobie prize.

    Why place all the blame on some poor unsuspecting clerk?

    Who signed these letters?

    Why didn't the signer of the letters read them before sending them out?

    I really want to see how the Cowboys Organization handles this snaffu.............

    "I really want to see how the Cowboys Organization handles this snaffu............."

     

    Snafu?

    Fubar!


                                                 
                         
                                             

     

     

     

     

                                                                                                       

    "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

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      Posted: November 18, 2010, 9:20 am - IP Logged

      I'm confused...the lottery didn't mention season tickets until the letters were sent out if I read the article correctly.  They said it was a "cut & paste error", correct?  So, what did the winners think they were playing for when they bought the tickets?  PSLs, draft day, etc?

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        Posted: November 18, 2010, 3:00 pm - IP Logged

        Wow, so many kinds of lotteries!  you can win tickets or any other different thing except money, but I think the really old lottery one began like that! I've ssen "home made" lotteries like that with a big basket to take home for Christmas! hehe

        Imagination can take you anywhere

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          Posted: November 18, 2010, 8:29 pm - IP Logged

          Wow, so many kinds of lotteries!  you can win tickets or any other different thing except money, but I think the really old lottery one began like that! I've ssen "home made" lotteries like that with a big basket to take home for Christmas! hehe

          Some of these dadgum Lottery Officials think everybody goes crazy over dadburned totebags and crap like that but they's all about a half bubble off plum too.


                                                       
                               
                                                   

           

           

           

           

                                                                                                             

          "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                      --Edmund Burke

           

           

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            Posted: November 20, 2010, 10:34 am - IP Logged

            Some of these dadgum Lottery Officials think everybody goes crazy over dadburned totebags and crap like that but they's all about a half bubble off plum too.

            Is everybody happy!!!..

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              Posted: November 21, 2010, 4:08 am - IP Logged

              Is everybody happy!!!..

              I knew there was somebody out there who would like the totebags.


                                                           
                                   
                                                       

               

               

               

               

                                                                                                                 

              "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                          --Edmund Burke

               

               

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                Posted: November 21, 2010, 6:59 am - IP Logged

                I knew there was somebody out there who would like the totebags.

                I have a totebag collection, you never know when you're going to have to tote something around.

                sometimes I walk up and down my street just to show off my newest totes.

                Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

                For a lead role in a cage?

                 

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                  Posted: November 21, 2010, 7:53 am - IP Logged

                  I have a totebag collection, you never know when you're going to have to tote something around.

                  sometimes I walk up and down my street just to show off my newest totes.

                  Watch it, you're gonna make tiggs jealous.


                                                               
                                       
                                                           

                   

                   

                   

                   

                                                                                                                     

                  "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                              --Edmund Burke

                   

                   

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                    Posted: November 22, 2010, 8:01 pm - IP Logged

                    I have a totebag collection, you never know when you're going to have to tote something around.

                    sometimes I walk up and down my street just to show off my newest totes.

                    THIS!!!!!...

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