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March 9, 2011

Most Ridiculous Lawsuit of the Month – The Lottery Lawsuit Edition

Who hasn’t been taken in at one point or another by a billboard promising millions and millions of dollars waiting to be won in the lotto?  We’ve probably all had that fantasy of watching the local news host read out the winning lotto numbers with a ticket in our sweaty palm.  Is that the last number? Did I just win the lottery!?

Ah, the pure joy of it all, as shock turns quickly to our “I’m Rich!” shopping list . . . a new Lexus right away. A trip to Tahiti for me and 200 of my closest friends. Maybe after that a new house. Nothing fancy, just a little something with ten bedrooms and some acreage.

I imagine this sort of scenario happened to a New Jersey woman, who was not fantasizing when she saw her lotto numbers flash across the TV one night a few months ago.. Unfortunately for her, the station had aired the wrong winning numbers that evening – the woman had, in fact, won nothing.

That must have been a pretty sobering crash back to reality. The Lexus? Parked. The Tahiti trip? Cancelled. The maid and the butler? Fired.

But not wanting a near-fantasy to escape her grasp, she had a new idea– go to court!  She’s suing the TV station and its parent companies for $75,000, saying the station’s mistake was “atrocious, and utterly intolerable in a civilized community” and that she was “severely damaged” by the ordeal.

Win the lottery and you cash in; lose the lottery and you can still cash in?

Most Ridiculous Lawsuit of the Month?  Or is it one of these:

– Man accused of arson sues insurance company over their investigation 
– Sushi restaurant doesn’t let customer pick apart rolls; he sues for discrimination
– Woman wants millions over disagreement about 80 cents
– Lawyer suing second nail salon for charging men more than women

Visit FacesOfLawsuitAbuse.org to vote.

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