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Man exploits Arizona Lottery vending machine flaw, gets $55K worth of free tickets

Mar 15, 2020, 11:09 am

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Arizona LotteryArizona Lottery: Man exploits Arizona Lottery vending machine flaw, gets $55K worth of free ticketsRating:

PHOENIX — A man is accused of exploiting a flaw in the Arizona Lottery vending machines to get over $55,000 worth of lottery tickets.

Earlier this week, the Arizona Attorney general's Office filed charges against Everado Najera-Nava, 40, for computer tampering and fraud.

Investigators say that Nava exploited a flaw in Arizona Lottery vending machines that gave him $54,699 worth of lottery tickets without paying for them. Police say Nava would enter his debit card into the machine to start the transaction. He would then cancel the transaction. However, the machine would release the tickets before the cancellation took place.

Police say he did this over a two week period last summer.

Investigators reportedly found 279 canceled transactions associated with Nava's debit card. Court records show that Nava continued to try to get more tickets for free after the flaw was recognized and corrected.

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A long and winding road
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Hmmmm....reminds me of the casinos. All wins Are null and void if malfunction occurs. 

Some how this chap found the sweet spot in gaining tickets. No one was harmed in the making of this theft ;)

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    ....what machine was it?

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      Florida
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      How did he cancel a debit card transaction? This is why retailers don't accept credit/debit cards as a form of payment for lottery tickets. Did he get any significant wins?

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        Pick3world
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        I bet he didn’t share this info   That’s what he gets. Selfish butt

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          It doesn't say how many machines were involved but with $55,000 worth of tickets, it was certainly more than one.

          Mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again

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            The flaw is not the Debit card but the idiots that program a vending machine without testing it. When you pay with cash you can't cancel so why can you cancel and get ticket stupid 😠. And besides only in Arizona they are full of sh... anyway don't play there anymore they use computer number generator.Lurking

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              Everado probably thought..

               

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                I bet he didn’t share this info   That’s what he gets. Selfish butt

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                  How did he cancel a debit card transaction? This is why retailers don't accept credit/debit cards as a form of payment for lottery tickets. Did he get any significant wins?

                  Actually i was in Arizona last month and they do allow you to purchase lottery tickets with a Debit card.  It was a pleasant surprise that i took advantage of to save the cash i had on me for the vacation.

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                    Simpsonville
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                    How did he cancel a debit card transaction? This is why retailers don't accept credit/debit cards as a form of payment for lottery tickets. Did he get any significant wins?

                    It may be that way in your state, IDK.   Have used a credit card in KY for lottery purchases and debit in Indiana.  Also visiting Arizona last summer tried to use one of their lottery machines with a credit card and didn't work.   Had I PAID attention would've realized it only takes debit cards.

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                      A man is accused of exploiting a flaw in the Arizona Lottery vending machines

                      It's similar to an ATM spitting out thousand. I don't understand how anybody thinks they can keep the money especially when they have your identity from the debit card. 

                      Even if Najera-Nava pays restitution he might still spend some jail time.

                      Mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again

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                        I bet there are many Arizona lottery players who've known about this trick for a while, but they've all flown under the radar because they paced themselves and stole small amounts infrequently. Everado the dumb desperado when loco and ruined it for all the low-level scammers. LOL

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                          Simpsonville
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                          The flaw is not the Debit card but the idiots that program a vending machine without testing it. When you pay with cash you can't cancel so why can you cancel and get ticket stupid 😠. And besides only in Arizona they are full of sh... anyway don't play there anymore they use computer number generator.Lurking

                          PB and MM available on IGT machines are not RNG, nor are scratch tickets.    I agree 100% it is a programming issue that certainly red faced AZ lotto officials should have fixed by now.

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                            I bet there are many Arizona lottery players who've known about this trick for a while, but they've all flown under the radar because they paced themselves and stole small amounts infrequently. Everado the dumb desperado when loco and ruined it for all the low-level scammers. LOL

                            I definitely believe that this happened also. lol