The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana grants defendant, Circle K’s, Motion to Dismiss concluding that plaintiff has no right to claim loss of opportunity to win the Louisiana Lottery Powerball jackpot, $103,100,000.00, because of an expired ticket issued in error.
This matter arose from plaintiff’s purchase of two sets of Powerball tickets on or about January 19, 2012. The drawing that was the subject of the purchase was to be held on January 21, 2012 with a jackpot of $103,100,000.00. Sometime after the drawing date, plaintiff discovered the purchased tickets were printed on January 18, 2012 and worthless for the January 21, 2012 drawing. Plaintiff filed suit seeking damages in the amount of the Powerball jackpot.
After removal to Federal Court, on behalf of Circle K, Keogh Cox moved to dismiss the suit by claiming that Louisiana law affords no relief to plaintiff for the alleged claims. Specifically, Louisiana law explicitly precludes any relief to the plaintiff.
Keogh Cox cited La. R.S. 47:9009 which states “that there shall be no liability on the part of and no cause of action shall arise against the corporation, its governing board, staff, agents, vendors, or employees, arising out of or in connection with the issuance, failure to issue, or delivery of a lottery ticket.”
Moreover, Keogh Cox asserted that the Louisiana Statute precludes payment of prize money on the basis of lottery tickets produced or issued in error. The United States District Court found merit in these assertions after extensive briefing and arguments by Keogh Cox attorneys, John P. Wolff, III, Nancy B. Gilbert, Richard W. Wolff and Mark Assad.
The United States District Court found that Circle K was statutorily exempt from the suit and, under the directives of the lottery itself, it is the sole responsibility of plaintiff to verify the accuracy of the game play. Plaintiff failed to do so and, as such, was barred from suit.