Mom Apologizes for Dead Soldier Dad Story

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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.