Okay, thank you.
What a lottery ticket is essentially is an agreement. You agree to pay one dollar, etc, and they agree that if the ticket is right, they pay you out $x amount.
If this is what the ticket states, and they are not
doing this and are adding extra rules (which are not on the ticket or any other source of rules that the ticket states such as a website), then you may have a case.
To sue in a state court, one needs to have a "cause of action." There are numerous causes of action, such as "breach of contract," "negligence," "fraud," "unjust enrichment," etc., as well as causes of action rooted in statutory law. Every state has their own although they are very similar to each other in every state because they all stem from the same common law. A pleading in Court needs at least one
cause of action, although it is not unusual to have more than one.
Here, one may have a cause of action for:
BREACH OF CONTRACT - It is well established that, in an action based on breach of contract, the plaintiff has the burden of proving the existence of a contract, breach of the contract, and resulting damages. Chartone, Inc. v. Bernini, 83 P.3d 1103, 1111 (Ariz. Ct. App. 2004)
MONEY HAD AND RECEIVED - when money that someone else has in good equity belongs to you. Markel v. Transamerica Title Insurance Company, 442 P. 2d 97 - Ariz: Supreme Court 1968
FRAUD - (1) a representation; (2) its falsity; (3) its materiality; (4) the speaker's knowledge of its falsity or ignorance of its truth; (5) his intent that it should be acted upon by and in the manner reasonably contemplated; (6) the hearer's ignorance of its falsity; (7) his reliance on the truth; (8) his right to rely thereon; and (9) his consequent and proximate injury. Nielson v. Flashberg, 101 Ariz. 335, 419 P.2d 514 (1966).
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I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.
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