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Hacker crashes Belize lottery machines countrywide

Dec 1, 2017, 7:06 pm

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On Sunday, lottery buyers throughout the country of Belize, except for only two locations in Belize City, were unable to purchase their favorite numbers for that morning's draw because someone hacked into the computer system which controls the printing of lottery tickets, shutting down the entire system.

Karil Wallace, public relations officer for Brads, (Kim Jen Chee), which administrates the lottery explained that the "system was the victim of a malicious attack, and in the process, our print script was removed. As a result, tickets were not able to be printed."

Wallace added that the incident was one that they could not have predicted, and added that Brads had to resort to using backup test computers, since those machines were not affected by the hack. This limited lottery sales to only Brads' Vernon Street and Farmer's Market outlets.

"We have put in place upgraded firewalls and setting up new sites that can be referred to in the event of such... It was totally out of our control, and we worked tirelessly to have the system restored as quick as possible in order for the sale tickets to be resumed," Wallace continued.

Those ticket sales were back up for Monday night's boledo draw, after the company installed different programs to get back online. It is also now building backup sites to avert a similar impact if a site may go down due to malicious acts.

Wallace could not answer questions as to how exactly the system was breached, since their technicians are still trying to trace it, nor could he comment on any ballpark figure of the losses in revenue to Chee for that day.

Going by boledo and lottery trends, however, the single winning number that was drawn at the Public Building on Sunday (70) is one that quite a number of boledo and lottery patrons contract. Wallace apologized to their patrons for the inconvenience. Wallace has said that the incident has created a backlash from patrons who could not contract their favorite numbers for that day.

Notably, Brads also administers the Fantasy 5 and Pick 3 draws, but Wallace assures that those franchises are hosted on entirely different systems from the boledo and lottery system.

The boledo and lottery sales were outsourced to Brads in 2009 when the government concluded that it could realize a more significant revenue from those sales if there was a standardized ticket system. Brads introduced the ticket system two years later in 2011 and since then, the government revenues from boledo and lottery sales have increased from $900,000 to $2 million. Prior to the ticket system, there was also the sale of tickets by way of boledo and lottery books that were also used to sell illegal lottery when vendors used the space on the back of those sheets contained therein to illegally sell handwritten boledo and lottery numbers.

The Reporter, Lottery Post Staff

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music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
USN United States Navy
Fresno, California
United States
Member #157849
August 2, 2014
3959 Posts

  Could this hacking happen here in the States? Has it already occurred here? 

 I know about Eddie Tipton so he should also be a warning. 

No No

 "We are all in this together!" 

    casper wyoming
    United States
    Member #136339
    December 9, 2012
    105 Posts

    I am more interested in the 2 locations that were not hit.


    Why were they spared??


    I would be looking into that as well.

      Todd's avatar - Cylon 200.jpg
      Chief Bottle Washer
      New Jersey
      United States
      Member #1
      May 31, 2000
      26328 Posts

      The article describes exactly how those 2 locations were brought back up.


      Check the State Lottery Report Card
      What grade did your lottery earn?


      Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
      Help eliminate computerized drawings!

        Kyle7824's avatar - Lottery-042.jpg
        Greenville, NC
        United States
        Member #157294
        July 14, 2014
        5554 Posts

        I honestly thought this said Hooker crashes Belize lottery machines until second glance ...

          United States
          Member #163182
          January 22, 2015
          2628 Posts

          You learn something everyday.  I did not know Belize even had a lottery.