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Michigan Lottery apologizes for costly game gaffe

Mar 15, 2017, 8:52 am

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LANSING, Mich. — When it comes to live TV, mistakes can and will happen. Remember this year's Academy Awards when the wrong film was announced for Best Picture?

So it might not come as a surprise that Michigan Lottery Public Relations Director Jeff Holyfield was feeling a little like the Warren Beatty of lottery drawings Tuesday.

"Well, thank heavens it wasn't that bad," Holyfield said, laughing at the comparison.

A technical error during Monday night's Michigan Daily 3 and Daily 4 drawings told players it was a special bonus drawing, which meant even more prize money for those with the winning numbers.

To understand how the mistake happened, you must understand the production behind the drawings. The only live element is the number ball selection — both the graphics and result announcements are computer-generated. A lottery manager watches the live drawing and tells a technician in the control room of a Detroit TV station what the numbers are. The technician types the result into a computer and the computer creates the announcement.

Monday night's problem began before the actual drawing, when the wrong opening graphic for the TV drawing was ordered.

"Somehow, there was a miscommunication... (and an) indicator that it was a bonus draw ran, even though it wasn't supposed to," said Holyfield. "Obviously, (it's) our mistake. We're already working on a process to make sure that doesn't happen again."

Holyfield said the state can't just pay the bonus because all lottery games are governed by a strict set of rules. The results of the drawing and prize awards can't be changed.

"It's not feasible to go back after the drawing and say, 'Oops, we'd like to do this,'" said Holyfield.

The Daily drawings are among the most popular of Michigan Lottery games, accounting for about 25 percent of annual plays. The Michigan Lottery said 3,200 people played different variations of the Daily 3 and Daily 4 Monday night.

The top winners still walked away with $500 for the Daily 3 and $1,250 for the Daily 4. The bonus would have given them another $100 in the Daily 3 and another $250 for the Daily 4 top prizes.

"All we can do is apologize for that, and hope that players will recognize the fact that the system as it's set up is run by humans. And human sometimes make errors," said Holyfield.

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music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
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Posted: March 15, 2017, 11:43 am - IP Logged

 "To err is human, to forgive is divine."   Aye, these things happen. 

 Show me a human who has never made a mistake and I will say, "Hello, Jesus Christ".

 "We are all in this together!" 

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    Posted: March 15, 2017, 12:23 pm - IP Logged

     "To err is human, to forgive is divine."   Aye, these things happen. 

     Show me a human who has never made a mistake and I will say, "Hello, Jesus Christ".

    When Government makes a mistake they beg for Forgiveness!

    When You make a mistake they Throw the Book at You!

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

    Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

    Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges: When the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous.

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      Posted: March 15, 2017, 1:33 pm - IP Logged

       "To err is human, to forgive is divine."   Aye, these things happen. 

       Show me a human who has never made a mistake and I will say, "Hello, Jesus Christ".

      .

      Yes, Yes indeed. Still, I don't know.

      • Don't chase the numbers you play.
      • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
      • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                 (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
      • Oh, but always know where your tickets are, as well as your ticket's deadline.
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        Posted: March 15, 2017, 1:34 pm - IP Logged

        When Government makes a mistake they beg for Forgiveness!

        When You make a mistake they Throw the Book at You!

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        Yes, Yes indeed.  They sure do.

        • Don't chase the numbers you play.
        • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
        • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                   (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
        • Oh, but always know where your tickets are, as well as your ticket's deadline.
          music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
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          Posted: March 15, 2017, 2:19 pm - IP Logged

          When Government makes a mistake they beg for Forgiveness!

          When You make a mistake they Throw the Book at You!

           Sometimes the cops who are the thin blue line give you a break. If it is a minor traffic violation.

           Criminals mess our Society up. If men were angels we would not need government.

          Dance

           "We are all in this together!" 

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            Posted: March 15, 2017, 9:12 pm - IP Logged

            When Government makes a mistake they beg for Forgiveness!

            When You make a mistake they Throw the Book at You!

            True indeed and well stated Raven Thumbs Up