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Georgia Lottery mistake gives players extra chance to win

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Georgia lottery players have an extra chance to win Fantasy Five, due to a mistake made by lottery officials during the drawing.

An internal audit, conducted as a normal course of business, revealed that one of the 39 numbered lottery balls was not placed into the drawing machine last Friday.

As a result, the Georgia Lottery is honoring all winning tickets from Feb. 11th, and a bonus drawing will be held to make up for the mistake.

Lottery President and Chief Executive Officer Margaret DeFrancisco blamed the mistake on human error.

Officials have not set a date for the bonus drawing, which will be held immediately after a regular Fantasy Five drawing, DeFrancisco said.

DeFrancisco said it is the first time such an error has happened in the Georgia Lottery.

"When you consider that this is the first time an incident of this type has occurred in the Georgia Lottery, which is nearly 12 years old, and we do nearly 2,000 drawings a year, it's pretty rare," DeFrancisco said.

All Fantasy Five tickets will be valid for both games that night.

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konane's avatar - wallace
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Posted: February 17, 2005, 8:31 am - IP Logged

Saw that last night.  I'd personally love to have available a live feed on the internet of all pre and post tests of ballsets and machines leading up to draws, including actual draws that are televised on the basis of full public disclosure.   No reason not to because live feeds are becoming very common ...  Georgia House and Senate have them.

Was told that New Jersey has a live feed for their draws.  Todd, you'll have to verify that one.

Hey, am always for any bonus the lottery cares to engage in to benefit its bread and butter supporters.  Good luck in the draw!

Good luck to everyone!

    takeitez's avatar - japheth
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    Posted: February 17, 2005, 8:47 am - IP Logged

    The pot that night was for $62,438 and there were no winners.

    We will see how much they put in the pot for this bonus draw. I had 2 tickets for the draw. I keep my tickets for a month just to see how much I spend on the lotto.

    ez 

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      four4me's avatar - gate1
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      Posted: February 17, 2005, 11:52 am - IP Logged

      To bad for all the people who tore up or tossed their tickets in the trash after they found out they didn't win that night.

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        Posted: February 17, 2005, 12:20 pm - IP Logged
        Quote: Originally posted by four4me on February 17, 2005


        To bad for all the people who tore up or tossed their tickets in the trash after they found out they didn't win that night.



        I was thinking the same thing.

         

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          Posted: February 17, 2005, 12:28 pm - IP Logged

          yep....I threw my ticket away

            mrmst's avatar - disney14
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            Posted: February 17, 2005, 12:29 pm - IP Logged

            I never tear up my tickets - save them for tax reasons.  If you win big, you can deduct losses up to the amount of the win - the losing tickets serve as receiptl

            MrMST

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              Posted: February 17, 2005, 7:26 pm - IP Logged

              How does a ball get left out of a drawing? How did they not know for 6 days?

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                Posted: February 17, 2005, 9:28 pm - IP Logged

                The honorable thing would've been to count the rouge ball as a winning number. But since so many tickets had probably been claimed, that really wouldn't be the fairest thing to do. But in any case, buy those tickets for that double draw!

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                  Posted: February 17, 2005, 9:30 pm - IP Logged
                  Quote: Originally posted by mrmst on February 17, 2005

                  I never tear up my tickets - save them for tax reasons. If you win big, you can deduct losses up to the amount of the win - the losing tickets serve as receiptl






                  Really? So if I win the losing tickets can be deducted from the amount withheld?

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                    konane's avatar - wallace
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                    Posted: February 17, 2005, 11:11 pm - IP Logged
                    "ATLANTA During a routine internal audit review for the February 11, 2005 Fantasy 5 drawing, an incident caused by human error was identified by Georgia Lottery Corporation personnel. The error resulted in one of the 39 numbered balls being inadvertently left out of the Fantasy 5 draw machine at the time of the drawing. All winning tickets from the February 11, 2005 Fantasy 5 draw are valid for redemption.

                    The Georgia Lottery will hold a bonus Fantasy 5 drawing for Georgia Lottery players on a specified date yet to be determined. The bonus drawing will be held immediately following the Cash 4/Fantasy 5 regularly scheduled drawing for that date. All Fantasy 5 tickets purchased for the regularly scheduled Fantasy 5 drawing will be valid for that nights bonus draw as well. The GLC will announce the date of the bonus draw to the public as soon as it has been scheduled.

                    http://www.galottery.com/stc/mediacenter/pressDetail.jsp?focus=mediacenter&id=1501824

                    Good luck to everyone!

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                      Posted: February 17, 2005, 11:20 pm - IP Logged

                      Not fair at all!.... I neeed to quit the Ga lottery games.

                      Am I hooked, are you hooked?

                        konane's avatar - wallace
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                        Posted: February 17, 2005, 11:29 pm - IP Logged

                         

                        Good luck to everyone!

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                          Posted: February 18, 2005, 7:02 am - IP Logged

                          honest mistake i hope........

                            Maverick's avatar - yinyang
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                            Posted: February 18, 2005, 9:55 pm - IP Logged
                            Quote: Originally posted by mrmst on February 17, 2005


                            I never tear up my tickets - save them for tax reasons.  If you win big, you can deduct losses up to the amount of the win - the losing tickets serve as receiptl



                            I save them too. The same works for losing scratch tickets too right?