Yuck. Paraphrasing "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids," that station's just like school in the summer - they got no class.
Gotta pick your battles, praying it goes well for you. I wonder about the legalities of this. Did the station take the money, or did some unscrupulous staffer pocket the cash?
For next time, maybe you could:
- Either have a written contract with the station that they sign, which says the tickets are "for giveaway only."
- Or get a red rubber stamp saying something like "not to be sold, for promotional giveaway purposes only" and stamp each ticket in ink.