|Posted: September 5, 2009, 10:02 am - IP Logged|
I am new to the board. My father, Joe Curcio was the guy who had the Gold Rush ticket that was a $500K winner, that the state of Florida claimed to be a misprint. We need some help or ideas to get a lawyer. We have tried so many in the years now and no one in Florida wants to go against the state. Everyone always tells us if we can get into court we will win no doubt, but so far we can't. Any ideas or suggestions please let me know. Thanks in advance.
I remember reading a story about a Florida ticket that appeared to be a jackpot winner but wasn't. If I recall correctly the number was suppose to be 13 because "thirteen" was printed below the number but the "3" wasn't there from either a misprint or because it was rubbed off. There was a picture of the ticket and the number "1" was offset as the first digit of a number in the teens.
In some states the lotteries have ticket scanners that say if the ticket is a winner and I've seen players scan the tickets to find out if they are winner before scratching; they just scratch off the ticket to see how much they one. Had your dad done that first, the ticket would not have been a winner so basically he's thinking about going to court to prove that a losing ticket was actually a winning ticket because that's how it appeared to him after scratching.
The lawyers for the lottery will show the safe guards used such as printing "thirteen" underneath the number "13", the bar code, and the ticket serial number that is revealed after that area is scratched off and how that number is used. I think it's more likely the lawyers you talked to don't believe they can prove it's a winning ticket than not wanting to go against the state.