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Company sued for printing too many winning lottery tickets

A Shanghai printing company is being sued for mistakenly making 350 winning lottery tickets instead of the two it had been contracted to print.

The plaintiff, Shanghai Xinsheng Gift Factory Co, is seeking more than 79,500 yuan (US$12,792) in compensation from Shanghai Yechen Printing Co, Xuhui District People's Court heard today.

Xinsheng Gift said it asked the printing company to print 7,202 lottery scratch cards - 7,200 losing tickets and two winning ones - for an advertising campaign for alcohol maker Bacardi. The prizes were two iPhones, the court heard.

On September 21, four winners went to Xinsheng Gift to claim their iPhone, catching the company by surprise. An investigation found the printing company had printed 350 winning tickets, instead of two as requested.

Xinsheng Gift asked Shanghai Yechen to cover its losses as it sent employees to all distributors and supermarkets to buy the beverages with the scratch cards.

Xinsheng Gift bought about 6,500 bottles of alcohol to get the scratch cards off the market, but eight more winners turned up to claim their iPhones.

The gift company then filed a lawsuit, demanding Shanghai Yechen pay for the 12 iPhones and the bottles of alcohol purchased. The plaintiff also asked the defendant to pay transport, labor and notary fees.

At the hearing, the printing company admitted it printed more winning tickets, but disagreed on the compensation.

The court didn't make a ruling yesterday since both sides accepted mediation.


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