State Tells Wrong Man He Won License Plate Contest

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Department of Revenue says it made "a huge mistake'' when it told the wrong man he had won a contest to redesign the state's personalized license plates.

For a few hours Wednesday, Bill Weaver of Salina believed his entry had been chosen from five finalists to be the new design for the plates.

Hours later the Revenue Department notified Weaver that another person had won and his entry came in third. The contest was organized by the Division of Motor Vehicles, which is overseen by the Revenue Department.

The winner was actually Rick Moon of Topeka, who was selected by a public vote using either mail or a department Web site.

Weaver's silhouetted view of a windmill against the prairie was close to Moon's winning design, which featured a sunset, a windmill, the state seal and the words "America's Heartland.''

A spokeswoman for the Department of Revenue blamed the error on an office staff member.

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