Logan man part of class action suit against Lottery

BY QCS Staff

A Logan man, Chris Channing, is part of a class action law suit seeking to stop the New Mexico State Lottery from pulling games from the market that still have substantial cash prizes available, according to court papers filed last week in Bernalillio County.

Others specifically named as a part of the class are Randy Stansell of Clovis who is the owner of Stansell’s Thriftway Supermarket, Kenneth Nutt of Clovis who is the owner of three KC Express stores, two in Clovis and one in Portales, and Channing, who is an employee of the Logan Super Stop.

Attorneys Warren F. Frost and Timothy L. Rose filed the class action complaint alleging violation of the Unfair Practices Act, negligent misrepresentation and injunctive relief.

Lottery spokeswoman Linda Hamlin said Tuesday that lottery officials were reviewing the complaint and that it would be premature to comment.

In their complaint, it states that those in the class are frequent players of the New Mexico scratch off games and their decisions on which games to purchase are based upon the representations of the Lottery as the prize money available when a new scratch off game is introduced and on the information provided by the Lottery concerning how many top prizes are still available.

The suits requests the Lottery award the class damages, that permanent injunction be issued to stop the Lottery from discontinuing scratch-off games and define the specific circumstances when the Lottery can pick up unsold scratch games.