GARLAND, Texas (AP) - A Texas woman on Friday apologized for her "bad decision" over an essay falsely claiming her daughter's father was a soldier killed in Iraq.
The story helped the six-year-old girl win four tickets to a sold-out Hannah Montana concert.
Priscilla Ceballos of Garland told NBC's "Today" show that she did not intend to mislead the contest sponsor -- but got caught up in helping her daughter.
Ceballos also apologized to military families.
Officials with Chicago-based Club Libby Lu surprised the girl December 28 at a store in a suburban Dallas mall.
The girl's essay won her airfare for four to Albany, New York, and four tickets to the January 9 Hannah Montana concert.
The opening line in the essay was: "My daddy died this year in Iraq."
Club Libby Lu has since awarded the prize to another undisclosed winner.