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Player confusion leads to early end for N.C. lottery game

North Carolina LotteryNorth Carolina Lottery: Player confusion leads to early end for N.C. lottery game

North Carolina Lottery officials are stopping one of the state's scratch-off games, saying it is confusing to some players.

Orders for the "2X the Money" game have stopped and lottery staffers will pick up tickets from retailers.

The game allows players to double winnings of up to $100 if the card displays a bold "2X" symbol. But the card also contains a security feature designed as a thin "x," which led to the confusion.

"There has been some confusion by players regarding the game," said Tom Shaheen, the lottery's executive director, in a statement released late Wednesday. "We decided that it was in the best interest of the players and the state...to remove the game from play."

Lottery officials say a symbol on the ticket is the problem. Some players do not know whether the symbol is a winning prize code or a security mark.

"There were some players that thought they had won, and they had not," said lottery spokeswoman Alice Garland. "That's not a situation that we want to be in."

Officials don't expect any drop in revenue, because 10 other scratch games remain on the market. The North Carolina Lottery will introduce two additional games Tuesday.

"We're still in a good position," Garland said.

The manufacturerof the 2X the Money game is Oberthur Gaming Technologies.

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bellyache's avatar - 64x64a9wg

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Posted: June 9, 2006, 12:05 pm - IP Logged

I guess they didn't want to start getting lawsuits from a bunch of people claiming they won a prize.

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    Posted: June 9, 2006, 2:20 pm - IP Logged

    These stupid security marks RUIN these games. If you scratch off 10% of a ticket and you see an x you know you lost, why bother scratching the rest of the ticket. They cant add better security features? Other way these state lotteries drop the ball by not using common sense.

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      Posted: June 9, 2006, 2:43 pm - IP Logged

      I know what you mean.  I like what PA does.  If you win, you see the parenthesis in the serial number.

      I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.

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        Posted: June 9, 2006, 7:45 pm - IP Logged

        Can you show a photo of a sample ticket? I'm curious to see if it's as confusing as they say. It wouldn't be on the "North Dakota" official site.

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          Posted: June 10, 2006, 4:08 am - IP Logged

          they just started this lottery.mistakes are the growing pains that go along with it......

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            Posted: June 10, 2006, 7:39 pm - IP Logged

            Let's have a poll: is the North Carolina Lottery overrated and overreported?

            Yes: 100 percent.

            No: 0 percent.

            (1 vote so far, mine!) 

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              Posted: June 10, 2006, 9:08 pm - IP Logged

              why dont we call them what they are STUPID(Short Term Unused Puny Intelligent Dorks)

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                nassaubahamas
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                Posted: June 13, 2006, 4:49 pm - IP Logged
                 
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                  Posted: June 16, 2006, 1:20 pm - IP Logged

                  has tennessee ever done this with a scratch off?

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                    Posted: June 16, 2006, 1:21 pm - IP Logged

                    i'm pretty sure all lotteries have these problems when they first start out.lets hope they don't go to computerized draws......

                      Tenaj's avatar - michellea
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                      Posted: June 16, 2006, 1:37 pm - IP Logged

                      i'm pretty sure all lotteries have these problems when they first start out.lets hope they don't go to computerized draws......

                      What? It's obvious you don't know the latest on the issue. 

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