$500k scratch card “misprint” challenged

OCALA, Fla. – Three years ago, Ann Marie Curcio thought she’d won half a million dollars from a $20 Florida Lottery scratch card game only to be told by lottery officials that it was an unfortunate misprint! Now she is trying to get her prize paid out by suing the state over deceptive trade practice and breach of contract.

In 2007, Curcio purchased a  “Gold Rush” ticket and it showed that she had won $500,000. She drove all the way to the Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee to claim her prize only to be told that her ticket wasn’t a winner but a misprint.

Mrs Curcio’s lawyer Larry Walters told the Orlando Sentinel that, “”We don’t believe that there is a sufficient excuse for the Lottery not to pay it. There are no disclaimers on the ticket.”

The Florida Lottery were unable to give any concrete indication why the ticket was deemed a misprint. They said in a statement that they were “sympathetic and empathetic to a player who may feel like they won, but they haven’t followed the appropriate protocol. We’re not in the business of withholding anything from anyone, but we do have to safeguard the integrity of the game.”

Published: May 24, 2010

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