Lawsuit filed over Texas Lottery scratch-off ticket
Dec. 11, 2014 at 5:27 p.m.
AUSTIN (AP) - The developer of a discontinued Texas Lottery scratch-off game is facing a $250 million lawsuit after some players complained that it had unclear rules.
Confusion over the rules led many to think they had winning "Fun 5's" tickets, The Dallas Morning News reported.
It concerned a tic-tac-toe game on the ticket in which the rules state, "Reveal a 'money bag' symbol in the 5X box, win five times that prize."
Lottery officials say the five-times multiplier is dependent on players getting a tic-tac-toe combination. But Manfred Sternberg, an attorney representing more than 500 players, said that's not how the rules read.
The suit claims Gtech Corp. owes prize money to the players and that it knew about the confusion over the rules days after the game began in September, but made no changes to them.
Gtech spokeswoman Angela Wiczek said the lawsuit has no merit and that "we'll defend our actions."
The Texas Lottery Commission pulled the tickets after seven weeks, saying in a written statement that it "received feedback from some players expressing confusion regarding certain aspects of this popular game."
Sternberg said the suit could be joined by up to 1,000 other players, which would increase the amount sought in the lawsuit.