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R.I. lottery machine prints invalid tickets

Jan 15, 2007, 3:15 pm

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Rhode Island LotteryRhode Island Lottery: R.I. lottery machine prints invalid tickets

They entered the store with hopes of striking it rich through a winning lottery ticket. They exited with bogus tickets — all dated from 1999.

A lottery machine mix-up Thursday resulted in roughly 70 invalid tickets being printed at a Cranston convenience store, the Rhode Island Lottery said Friday.

The problem was caused by a field service technician for the gaming technology company Gtech Holdings Corp. who accidentally replaced a malfunctioning machine at Oaklawn Mart with a model terminal used in training sessions, officials said.

The training machines print sample tickets and are used to demonstrate how wagers are placed for online games such as Wild Money and Powerball. But those machines are not connected to the lottery's central monitoring system, where wagers are logged and recorded.

The model terminal in Cranston issued about 70 sample tickets all bearing the date 1999.

"It was inadvertently put in place," Gtech spokesman Robert Vincent said Friday. "It should not have been. It was fundamentally a human error."

Vincent said the mistake was being reviewed, but he declined to say whether the technician would be disciplined.

Khaliq Uzzaman, the owner of the convenience store, said he was disappointed the problem was not fixed until Thursday evening, when another technician arrived. A proper terminal has been installed, the lottery said.

Uzzaman said he hasn't faced much anger from affected customers.

"They know this is not my fault," Uzzaman said.

Gtech, which was acquired in August by the Italian lottery company Lottomatica SPA, is a provider of lottery systems and services. It recently relocated its corporate office from West Greenwich to downtown Providence.

Anyone who purchased one of the invalid tickets was instructed to contact the state lottery.

Boston Globe

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Posted: January 15, 2007, 4:18 pm - IP Logged

Gee, I thought all the potential Y2K problems were taken care of.

There are other similar computer problems out there (eg Y10K) which haven't gotten much publicity yet.

    johnph77's avatar - avatar
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    Member #2987
    December 10, 2003
    832 Posts
    Posted: January 15, 2007, 4:29 pm - IP Logged

    Proving once again that nothing on this planet is idiot-proof.....



    Blessed Saint Leibowitz, keep 'em dreamin' down there..... 

    Next week's convention for Psychics and Prognosticators has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.


      vincejr's avatar - wallace
      Somewhere in VA
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      Member #1944
      July 29, 2003
      130 Posts
      Posted: January 16, 2007, 10:04 pm - IP Logged

      We had a similar problem when I worked for the training contractor for the Virginia Lottery. When we would go in and do in-store training, we would log the terminals into the training mode and then reset them when we left. Often, the manager or employee we were training would remember the training log in and log in that way to get a little more practice. But then, every once in a while, they would forget to log off or reset the terminal once they were done, thus printing tickets with the invalid date. However, these "training tickets" had on them in at least three places that they were void/training. And, usually the clerk would catch it immediately and fix it.


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        January 23, 2005
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        Posted: January 18, 2007, 8:41 pm - IP Logged

        If it were a Y2K bug then the ticket would have said "1900" and had a picture of Honus Wagner on it! I'm surprised nobody noticed immediately their ticket having a weird date on it.