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i recently got a "scratch card" from a sweepstakes company

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i recently got a "scratch card" from a sweepstakes company that stated that i won $500 a week for life as it is stated on the card when contacting them they said it goes into a draw.I am confused why it says that i won that money but instead i did not win anything is that not fraud?
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I am sorry for your situation. Are you stating that you won $500 a week for life, but, have to share this prize with someone else who also won, you mean?

This is not an answer, but an Information Request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. Thank you in advance.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

No i don't have to share it with anybody.

Thank you. Then how come does it go into a draw? I am sorry, can you please clarify? Apologies for the confusion and thank you in advance again for your patience.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Entry Instructions that i followed on the back of the card.

1.Scratch off all gold boxes on each card

2.Look for 3 matching prize amounts.

3.Follow instructions on back of each card for your opportunity to win the matching price amounts for give away numbers xxxx and xxxx.You must also return your Official Entry-Order Form to arrive by the deadline.

In front "Will you Scratch&Match 3 Price Amounts?


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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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

This sweepstakes "lottery" that comes through the mail that i signed up for through the internet.


While this does not change my answer, I would be highly cautious with online lotteries. The vast majority are scams, or at the very least VERY SHADY. If you tell me what company this is, and the site, I can give you more information.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

PCH (Publishing Clearing House)

This sweepstakes is one of the most impersonated. You can verify if you are a real winner by calling their one and only verification line at: 1-800-392-4190. That is the only line that verify if you really are a winner. If so, my answer stands. If not, then this is a scam and I am sorry.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

What do you suggest i do?


Call the number and see if you are a winner or not. If not, cancel your card and dispute since this is a scam. If you really are, retain counsel and pursue this matter if you'd like.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Where do i find a lawyer that specializes in cases like this?


This link should help (it is the same one I provided above):

Practice areas should include: business law, consumer protection, contracts, and general practice.

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