Lottery winner didn't receive prize, pays taxes

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Juliane Plank was surprised when she received a phone call from the Florida Lottery office last November.

"Why is the lottery calling me it can't be anything but great news," she said.

Planks has lost her excitement five months after her big win now that she faces the tax bill.

"I received the 1099-G and I have filed my taxes and I have paid the tax," said Plank. "I have nothing to show for it."

Plank, a die hard gator fan, played a scratch-off game and lost, but it allowed for a second chance to enter the Gridiron drawing. She did and won a second place prize.

"I won the game bowl package to whatever bowl game the Gators were playing," Plank said.

The Gators did not make it to a bowl game, even so it is tax season and Plank had to pay taxes on her bowl package valued at $2,000 and that bothers her.

"I don't have $2,000 or anything to show for it," she said.

Recently Plank lost her job when her employer had a major layoff, she said when she considers the value of her bowl package, which she has yet to enjoy, she would like her money.

"Give me the money, show me the money," said Plank. "I spent the money on the ticket, I followed all the directions you know that I was advise to follow."

Even in her disappointment she has a handful of other second chance tickets and she's waiting for the results. She hopes one of them will turn into some cash.

"Somebody's got a win it, might as well be me," Plank said. "I still continue to buy scratch-off tickets."

Meagan Dougherty said that cash was not part of the promotion. These are the rules of the gamer as they pertain to second prize winners:

If FSU or UF does not play in a bowl game at the conclusion of the 2013 season, or if the prize is not claimed in time for the winner to use the trip for the 2013-2014 bowl game, the trip will be for an away game (to be determined by the team) during the 2014 regular season.

The bowl game package does not include tickets to any National Championship Bowl Game.

In the event that FSU or UF plays in the 2013 season National Championship Bowl Game, prizewinners of that university's bowl game trip will have the option of taking the trip to the next end of season bowl game in which the university plays or taking the trip to an away game (to be determined by the team) during the 2014 regular season. All tickets remain subject to applicable terms, conditions and restrictions of applicable bowl game.

The second prize trip does not include: mileage (unless the prize includes a rental car as described in paragraph (10)(a) above), insurance, gratuities, meals, parking fees, baggage fees, alcoholic beverages, personal expenses such as telephone calls, valet service, laundry, incidentals and the like, revision or cancellation fees which may be charged by the airlines, hotel or other suppliers, or any other items not expressly specified herein.

A prizewinner may transfer the bowl trip package one time at no additional cost; however, the value of the second prize will remain taxable income to the winner. Notification of such transfer must be provided to the Lottery by November 29th, 2013. The estimated retail value of the second prize is $2,000. The actual value of the second prize is dependent upon the location of the winner and the location of the game.


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