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Florida - Lottery Won't Pay $500,000 Winner--Calling it a Misprint

There are 22 comments on the First Coast News Jacksonville story from May 15, 2007, titled Florida - Lottery Won't Pay $500,000 Winner--Calling it a Misprint. In it, First Coast News Jacksonville reports that:

A Florida couple says they have a winning lottery ticket and they want their money, but the the Florida Lottery Commission isn't paying.

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Mr Scratch-Off

Brookings, OR

#1 May 16, 2007
What, Florida Lottery officials are reluctant to pay out on what was obviously a winning ticket?

My guess is that they will think things over and pay Mr. Curcio. To deny him his winnings is to virtually undermine the entire lottery system. Don't these fools 'get it'?
hey

Arlington, MA

#2 May 17, 2007
i would be pissed sue the lottery!!!
Future Winner

Virginia Beach, VA

#3 May 17, 2007
Someone should ask, if Joe Curcio didn't win, who does.

"The lottery said it prints about 550 million tickets per year and there is the possibility of a misprint.", What is the big deal about paying the winner less .5% of what was sold?
jerry b

Summerfield, FL

#4 May 17, 2007
picture this... you play the pick 4 with the same numbers you always play with. you lose the ticket...see if the lottery commission will track where the ticket was bought using there sophisticated verification system so you can get your money. Pay the man his money. The verification system is for tickets that werent made by the lottery commission. I along with many others will not play the scratch offs ever again if joe does not get his money.
SOMETHING SMELLS FISHY

United States

#5 May 17, 2007
Florida is up to no good on this one. WHOEVER's fault it is for the misprinted ticket, it is THEIR responsibility to make good on it. PERIOD! & if they won't I'll send this guy a dollar towards his legal fees to collect it.
To me it's like an upside down misprinted airplane stamp. Perhaps this guy should ebay it off.
SOMETHING SMELLS FISHY

United States

#6 May 17, 2007
There are a few casinos in this country that have been having big jackpot winners in front of hundreds of people too.

With the winners being told later behind closed doors that it was a computer glitch and offering them a free dinner for two instead.

GET A LAWYER & PUBLICLY STICK IT TO THEM!
SOMETHING SMELLS FISHY

United States

#7 May 17, 2007
Unless their (state of Florida's) little 'verification program' can prove beyond a resonable doubt that Joe Curcio or someone else intentionaly forged the ticket, THE STATE OF FLORIDA OWES JOE CURCIO $500,000 + collection costs incurred after 30 days.

Let's all send Joe Curcio $1 to go towards his legal fees. When it's over let's all STOP BUYING ANY FLORIDA LOTTERY TICKETS FOR ANYTHING!

SOMETHING IS FISHY IN THAT OFFICE & IT SMELLS LIKE A CROOK!
PassionToLive

Berkeley Heights, NJ

#8 May 17, 2007
Dear Readers,

This is a case of the state of florida falling to own up to their foolishness and lack of responsiblity. To say this is a mistake after taking this guys money, is CHEATING!!

I saw the video and I paid careful attention to the ticket design and the numbers and how they are incompletely spelled. One number, 28, was spelled as 'TWYEGT' instead of 'TWENTY EIGHT'. All the numbers are mispelled on this ticket and probably on all the other tickets.

I do hope this couple gets what they deserve in a court of law(Verdict for $500,000)...and they will.

If you look at the ticket all the other numbers are incorrectly mis-spelled to the point where anyone with an average intelligence would refer to this ticket design as inappropriate and incomplete mispelled numbers under every number in the ticket.

It is more clear to a jury and a person with an average intelligence to see the interpretation of the winning claim is depicted in matching the number and not the incomplete "mispelled" numbers.

I am glad they didn't release this ticket back to the lottery officals before hiring an attorney to sue for the claim.

In short, any judge with an average legal education, is going to award the complete claim plus attorney fees for this FOOLISHNESS!!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
PassionToLive

Berkeley Heights, NJ

#9 May 17, 2007
Dear Readers,

Look how sad this person lost their $250,000 claim by releasing their misprinted tickets back to the lottery people and putting their case in a more challenging position to prove than they would if they would have produced the misprinted ticket to the courts than a copy.

The lottery officials don't produce misprinted tickets they confiscated to the courts...they say, they lost them and leave the burden for the plaintiff to prove...

Here's the sad $250,000 misprint claim the lottery officals stole from this person who didn't know any better!

What ashame on Florida Lottery System!
http://www.wftv.com/news/4788259/detail.html
PassionToLive

Berkeley Heights, NJ

#10 May 17, 2007
"A Fool and His Money Shall Always Depart"

Thank God, this couple is not another fool!!

Congratulations to them AGAIN!!
Dewnut

Winter Garden, FL

#11 May 18, 2007
PassionToLive wrote:
Dear Readers,
This is a case of the state of florida falling to own up to their foolishness and lack of responsiblity. To say this is a mistake after taking this guys money, is CHEATING!!
I saw the video and I paid careful attention to the ticket design and the numbers and how they are incompletely spelled. One number, 28, was spelled as 'TWYEGT' instead of 'TWENTY EIGHT'. All the numbers are mispelled on this ticket and probably on all the other tickets.
I do hope this couple gets what they deserve in a court of law(Verdict for $500,000)...and they will.
If you look at the ticket all the other numbers are incorrectly mis-spelled to the point where anyone with an average intelligence would refer to this ticket design as inappropriate and incomplete mispelled numbers under every number in the ticket.
It is more clear to a jury and a person with an average intelligence to see the interpretation of the winning claim is depicted in matching the number and not the incomplete "mispelled" numbers.
I am glad they didn't release this ticket back to the lottery officals before hiring an attorney to sue for the claim.
In short, any judge with an average legal education, is going to award the complete claim plus attorney fees for this FOOLISHNESS!!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Are you serious? You want them to print out "twenty eight"? There is not room on the ticket, that is why it is shortened. "Twyegt" is not a mispelling, it is a very easily understood shortening- for someone of average intelligence that is.

These shortened numerical names are consistent from ticket to ticket and from what I've seen it's the same people buying these tickets over and over and over.....so they know what it means.

BTW, a "1" always has "ONE" under it because it is short. So if "1" was the winning number (it wasn't, it was 13), it would have said "ONE" under it- it didn't. Not a winning ticket. Does it suck, yeah. Is it fair, yeah.

Would I buy a scratch off again? Yeah, maybe once or twice a year. Although it really is a tax on the hopeful and the hopelessly stupid, I do get hopeful and stupid once in a while.
PassionToLive

Berkeley Heights, NJ

#12 May 19, 2007
Dear Ms.Nutt,

The lottery officials have no legal position in court against by saying a number that didn't exist in any form of clarity or ambiguity, should have been a 13 when clearly, a person of no-brain would see it as a valid 1.

To spell "twenty eight" correctly and not as some retarded "Twyegt" shows credibilty and integrity. However, you can't just make spell numbers the way you want to b/c you're to 'lazy' to develop a correctly spelled number. Do you think it's fair or legal for immigrants and tourist from other countries who can barely interpret the english language to buy these tickets and rely on mispelled representation on a lottery tickey?.......NO IT'S NOT fair and legal!!

There's a spanish proverb that may serve your education and that is: "Lazy is the mother of all bad habits." The lottery officials of Florida, like most of their residents, are very lazy so the endure the consequences of bad habits.

PAY THE PEOPLE THEIR $500,000.00
Dewnut

Winter Garden, FL

#13 May 19, 2007
PassionToLive wrote:
Dear Ms.Nutt,
The lottery officials have no legal position in court against by saying a number that didn't exist in any form of clarity or ambiguity, should have been a 13 when clearly, a person of no-brain would see it as a valid 1.
To spell "twenty eight" correctly and not as some retarded "Twyegt" shows credibilty and integrity. However, you can't just make spell numbers the way you want to b/c you're to 'lazy' to develop a correctly spelled number. Do you think it's fair or legal for immigrants and tourist from other countries who can barely interpret the english language to buy these tickets and rely on mispelled representation on a lottery tickey?.......NO IT'S NOT fair and legal!!
There's a spanish proverb that may serve your education and that is: "Lazy is the mother of all bad habits." The lottery officials of Florida, like most of their residents, are very lazy so the endure the consequences of bad habits.
PAY THE PEOPLE THEIR $500,000.00
You spelled nut incorrectly to begin with.

Your sentence structure is so garbled as to make your point unintelligible. You throw in "big" words that you obviously don't know the meanings of ("clarity or ambiguity", which is it going to be, seems to me they are near polar opposites). I can only rationalize that you are trying to support your superior intelligence- LOL.

Of course they have a legal basis, what they might not want to deal with is the ground swell of anger from the idiotic people who can't see that it was a misprint. As that is the probably the majority of people that buy lottery tickets regularly, they may pay something out to shut the guy up.
Lottery SCAM

Naperville, IL

#14 Jul 13, 2007
I have a scratch off ticket that also stats that I am a winner and they are saying that I am not. The scratch off ticket is one of the "WPT" Texas Holdem Poker . I have the "WPT" symbol on one of my tickets and it clearly stats on the back of the card if WPT is shown you win the prize pak. The lottery is stating that it is not a winning card because the hand was not won. They print things to lead people on and then they refuse to pay a measly Prize pak or in the case above $500,000 when they are stealing millions.
Elysianfields58

Orlando, FL

#15 Aug 22, 2007
PassionToLive wrote:
Dear Ms.Nutt,
The lottery officials have no legal position in court against by saying a number that didn't exist in any form of clarity or ambiguity, should have been a 13 when clearly, a person of no-brain would see it as a valid 1.
To spell "twenty eight" correctly and not as some retarded "Twyegt" shows credibilty and integrity. However, you can't just make spell numbers the way you want to b/c you're to 'lazy' to develop a correctly spelled number. Do you think it's fair or legal for immigrants and tourist from other countries who can barely interpret the english language to buy these tickets and rely on mispelled representation on a lottery tickey?.......NO IT'S NOT fair and legal!!
There's a spanish proverb that may serve your education and that is: "Lazy is the mother of all bad habits." The lottery officials of Florida, like most of their residents, are very lazy so the endure the consequences of bad habits.
PAY THE PEOPLE THEIR $500,000.00
Now as i was reading along i was all set to agree with most on here to pay the people their money but, then i see some lol intelligent individual from of all places New Jersey. Say. "The lottery officials of Florida, like most of their residents, are very lazy so the endure the consequences of bad habits."like most of our residents?????? Most of our residents are all OLD Broken down Yankees fron NEW JERSEY!
So why dont you do us few natives of Florida a favor and keep your OLD BEHIND up there where you belong. Oh and have a nice day!
carnellioni

Ocala, FL

#16 Aug 24, 2007
Elysianfields58 wrote:
<quoted text>
Now as i was reading along i was all set to agree with most on here to pay the people their money but, then i see some lol intelligent individual from of all places New Jersey. Say. "The lottery officials of Florida, like most of their residents, are very lazy so the endure the consequences of bad habits."like most of our residents?????? Most of our residents are all OLD Broken down Yankees fron NEW JERSEY!
So why dont you do us few natives of Florida a favor and keep your OLD BEHIND up there where you belong. Oh and have a nice day!
LMAO...well said!
lois

Tampa, FL

#17 Nov 3, 2007
I think all lottos scams because Ive never won
MICHAEL

Corpus Christi, TX

#18 Jul 27, 2008
Lottery SCAM wrote:
I have a scratch off ticket that also stats that I am a winner and they are saying that I am not. The scratch off ticket is one of the "WPT" Texas Holdem Poker . I have the "WPT" symbol on one of my tickets and it clearly stats on the back of the card if WPT is shown you win the prize pak. The lottery is stating that it is not a winning card because the hand was not won. They print things to lead people on and then they refuse to pay a measly Prize pak or in the case above $500,000 when they are stealing millions.
Whats your name and email i have a card that wins and the machine says it does not please contact me,and do you still have your ticket, contact me at [email protected]
MICHAEL

Corpus Christi, TX

#19 Jul 27, 2008
Whats your name and email i have a card that wins and the machine says it does not please contact me,and do you still have your ticket, contact me at [email protected]
lester

Miami, FL

#20 Jul 24, 2010
the lottery to a point is a scam like every other gambling . they make money in percentage wise . we have to remember we live in a world that we have to check everything with pros and cons . there is no perfection any where and in anything we do. but also there are crooks out there that want something out of nothing .and those that work hard to get the money out of hard work to be able to payoff their bills. so dont judge a book by its cover without reading the actual story.

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