No, he hadn’t won the trip. He’d made a mistake. He’d jumped the gun. All he’d really won was incredible embarrassment and a financial hole of his own making.
That I know of and to his credit, he blamed no one but himself and lamented only the fact that there wasn’t a rock big enough for him to hide under. The rest of us just shook our heads.
No winner, no chicken dinner.
I hadn’t thought of this cautionary tale until this past week. That’s when I read about Rakel Daniele, a New Jersey woman, who thought she’d won a $250,000 Mega Millions Lottery. That’s because the ABC Television New York affiliate allegedly broadcast the wrong “winning” numbers, not once but twice. The incorrect numbers, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and the Mega Ball number 12 happened to be the ones Daniele had in her hot little hands. But, as it turned out, these weren’t the winning numbers. The winning numbers were actually 4, 9, 12, 16, 46, and the Mega Ball number 44. Daniele didn’t have those numbers.
So because the television station raised her to the heights of hope, only to bring her back down to the depths of despair, Daniele did what people do anymore when they’re disappointed and don’t get what they want. She lawyered up and sued WABC-TV New York, the ABC Broadcasting Company and its corporate parent, the Walt Disney Corporation for personal injury. Daniele claims she’s been “severely damaged.” See “WABC-TV sued for giving wrong Mega Millions winning numbers.”
And in an example of the kind of over-the-top hyperbole that makes the rest of us shake our heads, in her Complaint, her lawyer called what the television station allegedly did, “so outrageous in character, and so extreme in degree, as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency, and were atrocious, and utterly intolerable in a civilized community.” I wonder what he pleads in a wrongful death action.
The case was just removed from Bergen County Superior Court to U.S. District Court, New Jersey, Case#:2:11-cv-00936-JLL-CCC.