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N.M. Lottery dog contest has entrants howling over voting cheats

New Mexico LotteryNew Mexico Lottery: N.M. Lottery dog contest has entrants howling over voting cheats

By Todd Northrop

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico was forced to put their Lucky Dog Photo Contest on a leash yesterday when it was determined that some entrants were piling on extra votes.

Between Jan. 4 and Jan. 23, dog owners were able to submit photos of their dogs to the New Mexico Lottery.  Entry was free, and the top 25 photos, based on public voting, will be finalists.  The New Mexico Lottery will select six of those finalists to appear on a new line of scratch card tickets.

The "Lucky Dog" game, scheduled to launch in May, will feature top prizes of $10,000.

There were a total of 4,700 eligible entries submitted before the Jan. 23 deadline.  Voting was opened to the public starting this past Monday, Jan. 24, and will end on Feb. 4 at noon.

Soon after voting started, the lottery, as well as some of the entrants, started getting hot under the collar when it became apparent that there was a dog-pile of votes forming on some of the entrants.  It is against the rules of the contest for a person to vote on a photo more than once.

To muzzle the fraudulent voting, the lottery began requiring people to register with the lottery's Web site before being able to cast their vote.

It's not clear if the dog owners with the over-abundance of votes will be in the dog house, or if they will be allowed to stay in the contest.  Either way, the contest has a new leash on life, as the voting has reportedly evened out after registration was instituted.

Votes recorded prior to 12:38 p.m. on Jan. 25 will be cast to the curb in order to ensure that only proper votes are counted.

Letter from the Top Dog

Tom Romero, CEO of the New Mexico Lottery, issued the following letter in response to the doggone controversy:

Dear Friends,

As you may have noticed, at noon on Jan. 25, we asked people to register to vote. This was in response to our own observations, as well as feedback from contest participants, that a few voters appeared to be breaking contest rules to vote repeatedly and frequently.

After setting up registration, the voting irregularities subsided. This means that some votes cast at the start of voting were invalid and gave a few entries an unfair advantage.

As a result, we will count only those votes made after 12:38 p.m., Jan. 25.

Unfortunately, the activities of a few have impacted many. We apologize for the interruption and frustration. Our goal is to promote a fair contest for you and protect the Lottery's beneficiary, the Legislative Lottery Scholarship program.

Thank you for your understanding and your tremendous enthusiasm to the Lucky Dog Photo Contest.

Sincerely, Tom Romero, CEO

Lottery Post Staff

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Posted: January 26, 2011, 6:00 pm - IP Logged

Lets put the blame where it belongs.. Not the people voting but the people who developed the game .. They should have it figured out when the game started...

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    Posted: January 26, 2011, 7:46 pm - IP Logged

    I used to subscribe to a sweepstakes publication that gave me access to their online forum. Anyway on one of the forums people would post information about contests they(or someone they knew) entered and they would ask that you vote for them.

    Just get me thru this so called life......

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      Posted: January 26, 2011, 9:22 pm - IP Logged

      845,036 914, all the way be bless PartyBanana

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        Posted: January 27, 2011, 6:24 am - IP Logged

        lottery has now become a dog eat dog world.

        Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

        For a lead role in a cage?

         

                                                    From Pink Floyd's " Wish you were here"

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          los lunas
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          Posted: January 27, 2011, 11:56 am - IP Logged

          I can't even get on to vote for my dog.  what do i do to get started, marilyn & wilson

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            Posted: January 27, 2011, 7:56 pm - IP Logged

            People who come up with these cute little contests more likely start with the question of "How can we make this fun?" rather than "How many ways will people devise to cheat?"

            In neo-conned Amerika, bank robs you.
            Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms should be the name of a convenience store, not a govnoment agency.

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              Posted: February 1, 2011, 8:22 am - IP Logged

              People who come up with these cute little contests more likely start with the question of "How can we make this fun?" rather than "How many ways will people devise to cheat?"

              YEP, Where's theres an idea there someone who can put an ugly twist on it.

              Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

              For a lead role in a cage?

               

                                                          From Pink Floyd's " Wish you were here"

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                Posted: February 1, 2011, 9:40 am - IP Logged

                dog/gun

                 

                Alright, lets get this right Lottery people...! 

                                                             

                                                               "  When Injustice Becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty "

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                  Posted: February 1, 2011, 10:35 am - IP Logged

                  Most people are Honest, Some people are Not: Their is No Level a Dishonest person won't stoop to in order to take advantage of others!

                  A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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                    Posted: February 5, 2011, 9:56 pm - IP Logged

                    dog/gun

                     

                    Alright, lets get this right Lottery people...! 

                    What a cutie.

                    Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

                    For a lead role in a cage?

                     

                                                                From Pink Floyd's " Wish you were here"

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                      Posted: February 8, 2011, 9:41 am - IP Logged

                      Lets put the blame where it belongs.. Not the people voting but the people who developed the game .. They should have it figured out when the game started...

                      I agree.

                      All things are possible to those that believe!!!!!!Wink