Well, I surely have no idea who will be the winner in this scenario reported by AP, in which 50,000 scratch-off tickets were sent out–everyone of them mistakenly declared to be the winning tickets for the $1,000 grand prize. It will be interesting to see how the company handles this little problem.
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) – Everyone’s a winner after a direct-mail marketing company hired by a local car dealership mistakenly sent out 50,000 scratch-off tickets to residents – all of them declaring the ticket-holder the $1,000 grand prize winner. Just one of the tickets was supposed to be the grand prize winner.
Jeff Kohn, Roswell Honda general manager said a typographical error by Atlanta-based Force Events Direct Marketing, which printed the advertisment, had given all 50,000 scratch-off tickets grand prizes.
“Unfortunately, they missed it in the proofreading,” said Kohn, who was able to stop an estimated 20,000 direct mailers from being sent.
Kohn said the dealership is “making a full-faith effort” to investigate the mistake, which he said is “not how we portray ourselves or our community.”
In a statement, Force Events apologized “for any inconvenience this may has caused car shoppers in the Roswell market” and asked that any questions and concerns be directed to the company.
Force Events representatives are expected to be in Roswell on Thursday to sort out the mess, Kohn said.
Remainder of the story here.
Such a problem can never arise in God’s Kingdom. We’re all winners! Valid, ticket-holding winners! Jesus tells a story in the 20th chapter of Matthew in which everyone was a winner–everyone was treated the same, but some people objected. Remember this account?
1FOR THE kingdom of heaven is like the owner of an estate who went out in the morning [a]along with the dawn to hire workmen for his vineyard.
2After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
3And going out about the third hour (nine o’clock), he saw others standing idle in the marketplace;
4And he said to them, You go also into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will pay you. And they went.
5He went out again about the sixth hour (noon), and the ninth hour (three o’clock) he did the same.
6And about the eleventh hour (five o’clock) he went out and found still others standing around, and said to them, Why do you stand here idle all day?
7They answered him, Because nobody has hired us. He told them, You go out into the vineyard also [b]and you will get whatever is just and fair.
8When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, Call the workmen and pay them their wages, beginning with the last and ending with the first.(A)
9And those who had been hired at the eleventh hour (five o’clock) came and received a denarius each.
10Now when the first came, they supposed they would get more, but each of them also received a denarius.
11And when they received it, they grumbled at the owner of the estate,
12Saying, These [men] who came last worked no more than an hour, and yet you have made them rank with us who have borne the burden and the [c]scorching heat of the day.
13But he answered one of them, Friend, I am doing you no injustice. Did you not agree with me for a denarius?
14Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this man hired last the same as I give to you.
15Am I not permitted to do what I choose with what is mine? [Or do you begrudge my being generous?] Is your eye evil because I am good?
16So those who [now] are last will be first [then], and those who [now] are first will be last [then]. [d]For many are called, but few chosen.
Come on, everybody. Hire yourself out. Grab a tool, sow a seed, dig a furrow! Started early? Great! Coming aboard late! Wonderful! God’s wages are sure, generous and dependable. No questionable tickets! No nefarious promises! No mistakes!
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