Taxi driver Larry Kershaw won, then lost, a boat.
Taxi driver Larry Kershaw won, then lost, a boat.

Noosa man's boat prize 'invalid'

A NOOSAVILLE cab driver who won a $35,000 fishing boat in a raffle has been told the contest is invalid because nearly half the tickets were not included in the draw.

Larry Kershaw was on top of the world on May 28 when he received a call saying the $5 ticket he had purchased weeks prior had been drawn in the Noosa Volunteer Coast Guard's Art Union raffle.

But three hours later, everything changed when he received another call to inform him that the Coast Guard would have to withhold the prize.

Mr Kershaw was told a complaint had been lodged about the way the draw had been conducted.

The raffle was redrawn at the Noosa RSL on June 2 using a random number generator with all entrants and the prize was delivered to the subsequent winner.

Mr Kershaw has now engaged his own legal advice to seek compensation over the matter.

“As far as I'm concerned I've won the prize. They're the ones who have stuffed up,” Mr Kershaw said.

“I'm just the innocent victim who went to receive his prize before being told I couldn't have it.

“I see this as a breach of contract.”

A resulting investigation by the Queensland Government's Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation senior investigator found the draw was invalid due to the fact that 9999 ticket holders were not included in the draw.

As a result, the association was required to conduct the redraw in order to ensure the integrity of the Art Union and to comply with legislative requirements, which states that each person who is issued with a ticket for a game must have a fair and equal chance of winning the major prize in the game when drawn.

An OLGR spokeswoman said it was an unfortunate situation for Mr Kershaw.

“OLGR recognises this was an honest mistake by the Coast Guard and rather than imposing a penalty, a warning has been issued,” she said.

A brochure promoting the draw said the money raised from ticket sales would go towards the cost of a new boat for the Coast Guard.

A spokesman from the Noosa Coast Guard said they were unable to comment on the matter yesterday, claiming sub judice.

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