ORCHARD PARK, NY (WIVB) — A die-hard Bills fan from Arizona thought he had won a great prize playing the team’s “Predict the Bills” game — until he found out he couldn’t win.
The game can be found on the Bills app where fans can predict the outcome of the game including player stats. Keith Davis won the prize – two tickets to the Bills home game in a couple of weeks – but it was all for naught. The weird thing is that Davis has won Predict the Bills twice.
“Oh absolutely, I’m a Bills fan,” said Keith Davis.
Davis is a native of North Tonawanda and currently resides in Arizona. Two weeks ago he played Predict the Bills in the Bills preseason game against the Steelers.
“I won with over 5,000 points,” he said.
Keith sent us a screenshot of him winning two tickets to the Bills’ home game against Las Vegas. The game is at 1pm at Highmark Stadium.
“My kids, my wife, they all say I want to go, I want to go, we just loved it,” Davis said.
But then he received an email from the Bills telling him he couldn’t win – because he wasn’t a resident of upstate New York under the contest rules.
“I never knew that personally,” he said.
The news was very disappointing and strange for Davis. That’s because two years ago, according to Davis, he won “Predict the Bills” twice. On one occasion he won an autographed Dion Dawkins helmet, which was mailed to his address in Illinois, where he was then living. The return address is Pegula Sports and Entertainment in Buffalo. Also, Davis sent us an email from the Bills confirming that he lived in Illinois.
The Bills haven’t told us about rule changes, so it appears that Davis’ prizes were sent out in error.
“They needed to know my mailing address and they said, ‘Where do you want your winnings sent?'” Davis said.
After Call 4 Action began investigating the matter, a spokesman for the Bills acknowledged the issue. Keith tells us he heard from the Bills and they can’t legally send him the tickets but they will send him Bills merchandise as a consolation prize.
“They didn’t want to talk to me until I called you. I spoke to you and you were on board right away,” Davis said.
For Davis, the tickets would clearly have been much better. News 4 tried the app and found that the Predict the Bills rules are at the bottom of the app – and then the rules come up 10 pages in size.
Jeff Preval is an award-winning anchor and reporter who joined the News 4 team in December 2021. More information about his work can be found here.