May 21, 2010 'Winning' $500,000 scratch-off ticket is called misprint Ann Marie Curcio, of Ocala, bought her $20 Gold Rush scratch off ticket on May 13, 2007. The winning numbers 28, 1, 12, 32 and 2 appeared on the ticket. She scratched her ticket to find the number 1, which matched the one of the five winning numbers and had $500,000 printed beneath it as the payout. She thougt she'd won. However, when Curcio tried to redeem her ticket at the Florida Lottery's Tallahassee offices the following day, she was told that the ticket was misprinted. Yes, a misprint! The winning Gold Rush ticket turned out to be fool's gold. "We're sympathetic and empathetic to a player who may feel like they won, but they haven't followed the appropriate protocol," said Jacqueline Barreiros, a lottery spokeswoman. "We're not in the business of withholding anything from anyone, but we do have to safeguard the integrity of the game." It's not clear how many times people with tickets that are apparent winners have been told that the tickets were misprints. "We've heard of at least a few other instances of winning tickets that were presented and the lottery claimed they were misprinted and refused to pay," said said Larry Walters, Curcio's Orlando-based attorney. It's also possible that if a winning ticket could be a misprint, so could a losing one, Walters said. Curcio filed suit Wednesday in Leon County. She claims that the Lottery is in breach of its contract with buyers because it will not pay the $500,000 she says she is owed for a winning Gold Rush ticket. She is seeking more than $15,000 in damages, the statutory minimum for a civil suit in circuit court. Click here to read the whole story on
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