South Carolina Lottery officials say it will be several months before the financial impact is clear from an error made in a Palmetto Cash Five drawing last month.
On June 24th, one of the numbers in the live random drawing was reported as 37, although the number drawn actually was 27. The incorrect number was sent to media outlets across the state and posted on the South Carolina Education Lottery Web site.
Once the error was discovered, lottery officials decided to pay out on winning tickets with either number.
Officials say this was the first time the state lottery has made such an error. The lottery is conducting an internal review of the incident and the State Law Enforcement Division is investigating.