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Indiana Lottery finds $13,000 mistake

Indiana LotteryIndiana Lottery: Indiana Lottery finds $13,000 mistake

"Data entry error."

Winning Hoosier Lottery tickets totaling $12,935 may have been mistaken for non-winning tickets after two drawings this summer because of a data entry error, the lottery said Wednesday.

The mistake concerns ticket holders with "4 of 6" or "5 of 6" winning numbers in the Hoosier Lotto drawings of June 23 and Aug. 8. The error means that some of those tickets would have shown as non-winning entries when presented for redemption.

"This error occurred when the vendor entered an incorrect draw date identification number," a lottery news release said Wednesday.

The mistake could affect 201 tickets, most for amounts of $41 or $44.

"This error did not in any way impact the actual drawing or selection of the winning Hoosier Lotto numbers," said Kathryn Densborn, the lottery's executive director.

"It involved the calculation of ticket redemption values and the validation and payment of 4 of 6, and 5 of 6 winning numbers."

The mistake has since been corrected, the lottery director said. "We have put measures in place to ensure it doesn't happen again."

The dates in which winning tickets would have shown as non-winning depended on the date of the drawing.

Tickets from the June 23 drawing would have been affected between July 29 and Aug. 20.

Winning tickets from the Aug. 8 drawing that were presented for payment between Aug. 16-20 would have been shown as non-winning tickets.

"Tickets presented before the July 29 and Aug. 16 dates or after Aug. 20 have been properly validated and paid," the lottery said.

Those who think they have a winning ticket from one of the affected drawings should take it to a lottery retailer or any lottery office for validation and payment, the agency said.

Hoosier Lotto

"Six numbers are drawn for the Hoosier Lotto game. A winning jackpot ticket must match all six numbers; however, tickets with three of six numbers, four of six numbers and five of six numbers correct are also eligible for cash prizes.

"For the June 23 drawing, the error affects 85 tickets that matched four numbers correctly for $44 each and one ticket that matched 5 of 6 numbers correctly for $877; for the August 8 drawing, the error affects 112 tickets with four of six numbers for $41 each and three tickets that matched five of six numbers for $1,242 each."

— Hoosier Lottery

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Posted: August 30, 2007, 12:48 am - IP Logged

i think that guy rebecca paul married might be connected to the indiana lottery.lol

 

first tennessee now indy with this stupid nonsense.

    jeffrey's avatar - moon
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    Posted: August 30, 2007, 1:19 am - IP Logged

    Wow, it's hard enough to win that lottery. Ha Ha Ha joke's on us. Wonder how much I didn't get. Nobody wins except the Indiana Government.

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      Posted: August 30, 2007, 1:56 am - IP Logged

      And the laundry list gets longer. Will someone call 13 Investigates please?!

      (insert signature here)

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        Posted: August 30, 2007, 9:10 am - IP Logged

        Another Vendor error cost the players money.  In the immortal words of Baseball great Dizzy Dean:

        Who'd a thunk it?

        By the way, the Hoosier Lottery's Lotto jackpot game has rolled again and is now in it's 11th month wothout a winner.  I can see the headline and press release now:

        Vendor error causes someone to win the Hoosier Lotto.

        Hoosier Lottery Executive Director and Bingo Aficianado Kathry Densborn announced today that a vendor error was responsible for the winning numbers being drawn in the Hoosier Lotto.

        "We're stunned!" said a shell shocked Densborn after announcing there was actually a winner.  "This isn't suppossed to happen.  Our mission is to maximize the dollars we return to the citizens of this state and that isn't consistant with paying out a jackpot on a winning ticket.  All we can do is hope the winner doesn't come forward."  (Editor's Note: Even if the winner takes the Cash Option and does not have problems later in life this will not help the Hoosier Lottery recoup any of the prize money.)

        Govenor Mitch Daniels could not be reached for comment but a spokesperson for him announced that he would be calling for a special session of the General Assembly and demanding a full investigation.  The spokesperson added, "The governor is saddened by the news that someone actually won the Hoosier Lottery and will launch a full investigation in order to determine how this terrible mistake could have happened."

        Jim 

         


        Money frees you from doing things you dislike.  Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.  - Groucho Marx

          onenumber's avatar - swordgirl
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          Posted: August 30, 2007, 10:39 am - IP Logged

          I wonder...

           ... how many of those winning tickets from June 23rd are still around, most of them I'm sure have been trashed.

          ...how many of those ticket holders relied on the machine to tell them if they won.

          ...who brought this error to their attention, probably someone  who checks their own ticket and knew that they were a winner.

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            Posted: August 30, 2007, 10:50 am - IP Logged

            Another Vendor error cost the players money.  In the immortal words of Baseball great Dizzy Dean:

            Who'd a thunk it?

            By the way, the Hoosier Lottery's Lotto jackpot game has rolled again and is now in it's 11th month wothout a winner.  I can see the headline and press release now:

            Vendor error causes someone to win the Hoosier Lotto.

            Hoosier Lottery Executive Director and Bingo Aficianado Kathry Densborn announced today that a vendor error was responsible for the winning numbers being drawn in the Hoosier Lotto.

            "We're stunned!" said a shell shocked Densborn after announcing there was actually a winner.  "This isn't suppossed to happen.  Our mission is to maximize the dollars we return to the citizens of this state and that isn't consistant with paying out a jackpot on a winning ticket.  All we can do is hope the winner doesn't come forward."  (Editor's Note: Even if the winner takes the Cash Option and does not have problems later in life this will not help the Hoosier Lottery recoup any of the prize money.)

            Govenor Mitch Daniels could not be reached for comment but a spokesperson for him announced that he would be calling for a special session of the General Assembly and demanding a full investigation.  The spokesperson added, "The governor is saddened by the news that someone actually won the Hoosier Lottery and will launch a full investigation in order to determine how this terrible mistake could have happened."

            Jim 

             

            That's dependent on the number of tickets sold. At minimum jackpot value of $1,000,000 the Hoosier Lotto's payback percentage is only 33.71%.

            gl

            j

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

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

             =^.^=

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              Coastal Georgia
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              Posted: August 30, 2007, 11:56 am - IP Logged

              Another Vendor error cost the players money.  In the immortal words of Baseball great Dizzy Dean:

              Who'd a thunk it?

              By the way, the Hoosier Lottery's Lotto jackpot game has rolled again and is now in it's 11th month wothout a winner.  I can see the headline and press release now:

              Vendor error causes someone to win the Hoosier Lotto.

              Hoosier Lottery Executive Director and Bingo Aficianado Kathry Densborn announced today that a vendor error was responsible for the winning numbers being drawn in the Hoosier Lotto.

              "We're stunned!" said a shell shocked Densborn after announcing there was actually a winner.  "This isn't suppossed to happen.  Our mission is to maximize the dollars we return to the citizens of this state and that isn't consistant with paying out a jackpot on a winning ticket.  All we can do is hope the winner doesn't come forward."  (Editor's Note: Even if the winner takes the Cash Option and does not have problems later in life this will not help the Hoosier Lottery recoup any of the prize money.)

              Govenor Mitch Daniels could not be reached for comment but a spokesperson for him announced that he would be calling for a special session of the General Assembly and demanding a full investigation.  The spokesperson added, "The governor is saddened by the news that someone actually won the Hoosier Lottery and will launch a full investigation in order to determine how this terrible mistake could have happened."

              Jim 

               

              11 months without a jackpot winner ? 

              Holy crap !

               

                                             

                            

               

               

                Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
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                Posted: August 30, 2007, 12:48 pm - IP Logged

                11 months without a jackpot winner ? 

                Holy crap !

                It's already been determined that it's possible even without malice. Nobody has won in 11 months because nobody has won in 11 months.

                Gonna win.Big Smile

                  justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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                  Posted: August 30, 2007, 1:12 pm - IP Logged

                  11 months without a jackpot winner ? 

                  Holy crap !

                  That was my first reaction.

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                    Posted: August 30, 2007, 1:13 pm - IP Logged

                    It's already been determined that it's possible even without malice. Nobody has won in 11 months because nobody has won in 11 months.

                    Just for curiousity, what is the jackpot ?

                     

                                                   

                                  

                     

                     

                      Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
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                      Posted: August 30, 2007, 1:21 pm - IP Logged

                      Just for curiousity, what is the jackpot ?

                      $45M

                      Gonna win.Big Smile


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                        Posted: August 30, 2007, 2:02 pm - IP Logged

                        What was the error about? I hope the Indiana lotto game isn't computerized.

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                          Posted: August 30, 2007, 2:17 pm - IP Logged

                          What was the error about? I hope the Indiana lotto game isn't computerized.

                          "This error occurred when the vendor entered an incorrect draw date identification number," a lottery news release said Wednesday.

                          The mistake could affect 201 tickets, most for amounts of $41 or $44.

                          "This error did not in any way impact the actual drawing or selection of the winning Hoosier Lotto numbers," said Kathryn Densborn, the lottery's executive director.

                          "It involved the calculation of ticket redemption values and the validation and payment of 4 of 6, and 5 of 6 winning numbers."

                           

                          Yes, it is computerized.

                           

                                                         

                                        

                           

                           

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                            Posted: August 30, 2007, 11:51 pm - IP Logged

                            In response to the 2 previous posters:

                            Yep we have just entered our 11th month without a winner.  (That's more than 90 consecutive draws.)  And despite a lottery that has been riddled with scandal and corruption since it's inception...and a history of rigged games (albeit scratch off's) and the use of an RNG...and yet another mistake by an outside vendor...

                            It could happen!

                            Yeah!  And monkey's might fly out my b*tt too!

                            Jim 


                            Money frees you from doing things you dislike.  Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.  - Groucho Marx