Essay Liar Loses Hannah Montana Tickets

6-year-old contest winner fibbed about dad's death in Iraq
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2007 5:18 AM CST
A 6-year-old girl, who won four tickets to a Hannah Montana concert with an essay falsely claiming her father died in Iraq had her prize taken away. The contest's sponsor, a store chain named Club Libby...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A 6-year-old Texas girl's heart-wrenching essay that began "my daddy died this year in Iraq" won a trip and tickets for four to the upcoming sold-out Hannah Montana concert. But the essay was a lie, and the prize has been withdrawn, reports the Dallas Morning News. The girl's father wasn't killed in Iraq.

"We value honesty and integrity, and in order to uphold those values, we have made the decision we have made," said a concert spokeswoman. The girl's mom admitted: "We wrote whatever we could to win. It said to write an essay. It never said it had to be true. I never said it was true."