By Todd Northrop
An incorrect number reported by the Virginia Lottery for Wednesday night's Win For Life drawing has prompted the participating states of Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia to payout on two sets of winning numbers.
Win For Life is a multi-state lottery game played in Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia. Players choose six numbers from 1 to 42, and can win one of eight different prizes, ranging from $2 to the Grand prize of $1,000 a week for life.
The third number drawn for the game Wednesday night was 6, but was incorrectly reported by the Virginia drawing staff as a 9. As a consequence of this error, prizes will be paid out for Win For Life lottery tickets bearing either of the following two winning number combinations for the Wed., Jan. 5, 2011 drawing:
- 3, 8, 9, 17, 21, 30, Free Ball: 31
- 3, 6, 8, 17, 21, 30, Free Ball: 31
Kentucky Lottery officials confirmed that there were no grand prize winners or second-prize winners in Kentucky for either of the numerical combinations.
The drawing error cost the state of Kentucky $21,742 in extra prize payouts.
Georgia and Virginia additional winners and prize payouts were not known at publication time.
The drawing video can be watched below, and clearly shows the number "6" being drawn as the third number, with the announcer correctly identifying it as a "6".
The error, therefore, occurred as a result of the Virginia draw staff incorrectly recording the number as a "9" in their computer system. The incorrect results were then sent to the Georgia and Kentucky lotteries, which then recorded the incorrect winning numbers in their systems.
The Win For Life lottery results published at Lottery Post contains both sets of winning numbers, and can be viewed at: www.lotterypost.com/game/305/results.
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