Calif. gas station off the hook in lottery ticket probe
A Palmdale, California, gas station employee who mistakenly gave $75 to an undercover state compliance officer instead of advising him that he was the holder of a lottery ticket worth $75,000 did not commit fraud, lottery officials said Thursday.
California Lottery officials said they were satisfied that the incident was a result of the clerk's misunderstanding of those procedures and that their investigation of the gas station was over.
Now we are going to move on, lottery spokesman Russ ...
May 8, 2015, 8:59 am - Lottery News forum
$75,000 California Lottery winner leaves with only $75
UPDATE: Winner was actually undercover inspector
By Todd Northrop
The search is on for a lottery winner in California who walked away with a much smaller prize than he actually won.
A man who went to cash out his Wild West Poker scratch-off lottery ticket at a Palmdale, California, gas station was given $75, but his ticket was actually worth $75,000.
Officials are trying to track down the man who went into a Palmdale store and was thousands of dollars short of his winnings.
May 4, 2015, 6:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Pa. Lottery drawings go on Thursday despite machine malfunctions
Includes video report
Technical difficulties wreaked havoc with Thursday evening's Pennsylvania Lottery drawings, forcing the Pick 4 and Pick 5 drawings to occur after the telecast ended.
No one knows exactly what went wrong. We don't have the information right now. The folks who design the machines are coming down to make sure everything runs smoothly tonight, said lottery spokeswoman Lauren Bottaro.
What viewers saw signifying a problem, which Bottaro said is in accordance with lotte ...
Jan 31, 2015, 3:52 pm - Lottery News forum
N.M. man told $500k winning lottery ticket a 'misprint'
A New Mexico man thought he won big bucks on a lottery scratcher only to find out it was a misprint.
In December, John Wines bought a scratch-off lottery ticket at the Shell gas station in Roswell, New Mexico.
The winning numbers were 1 and 2.
As John started scratching, he came across not 1,2,3 or 4 but 5 winning numbers, totaling over $500,000.
If you look closely at the ticket, you can see part of a number that's supposed to be next to the 1's, but it's very faint and you can't te ...
Jan 5, 2015, 1:10 pm - Lottery News forum
S.C. Lottery to honor 2 sets of Pick 3 numbers
The South Carolina Lottery says it will honor two sets of Evening Pick 3 numbers for Tuesday night's drawing.
One set of numbers (3-6-4) was certified by an independent auditor, while another set (3-6-7) was drawn during the evening Pick 3 drawing.
Players holding Pick 3 tickets bearing the numbers 3-6-7 for the Tuesday, October 7 evening draw must take or mail their tickets to the Columbia Claims Center for processing and prize payment. Sign the ticket back and complete the required infor ...
Oct 12, 2014, 6:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Wisconsin man's two winning lotto tickets said to be "misprints"
Includes video report
Ivory Mitchell thought he had two $1,000 dollar winning crossword scratch tickets back on July 20th.
When he tried to cash them in, he was told there was an error and that the tickets were misprints.
He thinks the Wisconsin Lottery should pay up for a mistake they made.
He was told to fill out a claim form and that he would have to wait 30 days to hear if they would honor the tickets.
CBS 58 asked the Wisconsin Lottery about this and they sent this statement: ...
Jul 29, 2014, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum
Printing error causes new Pa. Lottery ticket coupons to be issued
Pennsylvania Lottery players who tried to use some of the lottery's coupons that arrived in the mail or in the newspaper in late April or earlier this month learned that they were about as good as a losing lottery ticket.
That's because of a printing error in the coupons' bar code that makes them unreadable to retailers' lottery terminals, said Elizabeth Brassell, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Revenue, which oversees the lottery.
New coupons are being reprinted and will start a ...
May 19, 2014, 2:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery tickets accidentally shipped to man's house
A metro Atlanta man opened up a box with a gift he ordered on the Internet to find a treasure of scratch-off lottery tickets.
Darryl Bufford told a local reporter that a UPS box arrived this week with a gift he bought from Macy's.
Bufford set the package aside for a few days and opened it when he noticed some of the tape had been pulled loose.
Inside Bufford found eight stacks of unopened scratch-off lottery tickets.
My first thought was, 'Merry Christmas, Bufford said.
The Georg ...
Dec 8, 2013, 10:18 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery schedules Cash 4 bonus drawing
Makes up for mechnical error Wednesday
During a review of the Wednesday, Oct. 16 Cash 4 midday drawing, Georgia Lottery officials determined that a technical malfunction occurred with a ball machine. During the routine post-drawing process, a mechanical issue was identified in one of the draw machines, which negated the proper mixing of a ball set.
As a result of the malfunction, the Georgia Lottery will hold a bonus Cash 4 drawing, giving players an extra chance to win. The bonus drawing ...
Oct 18, 2013, 2:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Western Canada Lottery glitch causes ticket errors
The Western Canadian Lottery Corporation (WCLC) is advising customers to recheck their tickets following a system problem.
Officials said a delay in the draw results may mean that winning tickets weren't correctly identified.
They weren't released to the system until 10:35 yesterday morning. When normally they would be available as the retailors were opening their stores, WCLC stakeholder relations director, Amanda Marantz, explained.
Something that Gilles Caron found out the hard way. ...
Sep 22, 2013, 7:16 pm - Lottery News forum