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Human error to blame for Powerball delay

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Human error in Iowa was behind a delay in the midweek Powerball drawing, lottery officials said Thursday.

Wednesday night's drawing in a Des Moines suburb was delayed 37 minutes — the second such delay in a month. The May 25 drawing also missed the time reserved for it to be broadcast to 90 television stations across the nation.

Mary Neubauer, a spokeswoman for the Iowa Lottery, said human error was to blame for Wednesday's delay.

"In this particular case, someone did look at the sales figures but didn't realize there was a discrepancy and the figures weren't fed into the computerized system until 20 to 25 minutes before the drawing," she said. "The figures needed to be balanced and the drawing was delayed."

She characterized the discrepancy as "just a few dollars" and declined to elaborate.

Neubauer declined to give further information about what happened, but did say measures would be taken to further ensure the integrity of the Powerball game.

"We are stepping up our internal staffing requirements for the Powerball game," she said. "Integrity is our paramount concern."

Chuck Strutt, director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs Powerball, said in a statement that every state involved in the game is required to confirm that two copies of sales data balance before the drawing can take place.

"We will not risk any chance of compromise to the game," he said.

The game was delayed for 42 minutes on May 25 when a security officer arrived late at one of the sites where transaction data is confirmed before the numbers are drawn. A $5 discrepancy in transactions prompted an alert in which a security officer was required to monitor procedures while lottery officials resolved the discrepancy.

Powerball is played in 27 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The numbers drawn Wednesday night were 9, 13, 23, 42 and 51. The Powerball was 15 and the power play multiplier was 5.

No tickets sold matched all six numbers to win the jackpot, which increases to $62 million for Saturday's drawing.

AP

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Posted: June 24, 2005, 2:50 pm - IP Logged

Hmmmmmmmmm............

 

What if it was all done with computers? There wouldn't be as many humans needed for reasons of "Integrity" meaning less people to make the draw late? Could this the beginning of my latest conspiracy?

Are we witnessing the groundwork for a computer based draw for powerball?

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    Posted: June 24, 2005, 2:55 pm - IP Logged

    I hope powerball doesn't go computer.  I wouldn't mind the delay every now and then.

    How are you going to win if you don't play?

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      Posted: June 24, 2005, 3:49 pm - IP Logged

      OK, I understand that she (Mary Neubauer) didn't disclose everything but, what figures was she feeding into what computerized system? Are they matching actual picks with actual monies spent? I know that some of you on this site roll your eyes at comments made about the ball machine system and how you feel that it's (meaning the ball system) on the up and up, But what and why is this computerized system being used before a drawing.

      I maybe wrong, but if the system was being used to let the Officials know if all of the terminals that distributes tickets were closed, wouldn't that be enought? I just get suspicious when figures are being fed into a computer before a drawing. Comments?

      litebets

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        Posted: June 24, 2005, 3:52 pm - IP Logged

        Oh yeah, I do prefer the ball machines if your wondering.

        litebets

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          Posted: June 24, 2005, 3:57 pm - IP Logged

          I just wanna know what info is entered into the computer before the draw. Period. This would help me decide if I want to play or not.

          DD

           

                                         

                        

           

           

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            Posted: June 24, 2005, 4:41 pm - IP Logged

            Did the security officer who arrived late in May get fired?

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              Posted: June 24, 2005, 5:27 pm - IP Logged

              lol.imagine that! a security guard held up a drawing.

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                Posted: June 24, 2005, 5:32 pm - IP Logged

                He over slept.

                How are you going to win if you don't play?

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                  Posted: June 24, 2005, 5:35 pm - IP Logged

                  For those wondering about what info goes into the computer, I believe they are talking about sales numbers - nothing to do with the drawing itself.

                   

                  Check the State Lottery Report Card
                  What grade did your lottery earn?

                   

                  Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
                  Help eliminate computerized drawings!

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                    Posted: June 24, 2005, 5:38 pm - IP Logged

                    lol,the security guy probably never knew while he was sleeping 20 million people were waiting on him to wake up.BedHit With Stick