Our Voice: Thumbs up to lottery player

September 9, 2013 

Ken Goldsmith of Kennewick is walking away from his dispute with the Washington State Lottery Commission over a misleading scratch card game.

Goldsmith raised objections with state lottery officials in June, claiming the Red Hot 5s scratch card was giving many ticket holders, including himself, the impression they had won the $55,555 grand prize.

Confusion about the Red Hot 5s tickets was caused by the directions on the card, which didn’t explain that the numbers on the back were for a totally different game than the ones on the front of the card.

After a Herald story, Goldsmith said he received plenty of offers from attorneys across the state to handle a class-action lawsuit under the Consumer Protection Act, but none would take his case on a contingency basis.

"I took a lot of flak from people who thought I was being a sore loser," Goldsmith told the Herald. "But the bigger picture is this: I believe I made my point in proving that this was a flawed game.

"And maybe because I raised the issue with them publicly it made a difference, because they did the right thing and pulled the ticket even though they initially said they wouldn't. End of story."

We don't know if he's a sore loser, but Goldsmith seems to be a gracious winner.

FIGURE IT OUT

Thumbs down to circumstances that threaten to freeze the nonprofit Tri-Cities Figure Skating Club out of existence after 24 years.

We're not ready to point a finger at anyone. We can't fault the Toyota Center operator's contention that it can't give some groups a special deal on ice time at the public facility or Kennewick's desire to limit its losses while fairly treating everyone.

The club's argument that as a nonprofit recreational club for Tri-City youth, it's a special case also holds merit.

But it's not necessary for us to identify a bad guy to not like what's happening.

The club has kept the Tri-Cities on the figure-skating map for as long as there's been ice in our community, bringing skaters here to compete and sending local skaters around the nation.

It's tough for any nonprofit to raise enough money. It's tough for a community with limited ice time to accommodate every group that wants to skate. But there ought to be a way to get our figure skaters adequate practice time.

The city, arena operators and club officials should take another run at finding a solution.

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