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Florida lottery winner discovers unemployment benefits collected by imposter
Charles Dennis Engelhardt's legacy of state lottery winnings took a strange turn this month when Florida's unemployment offices (DEO) and Florida Lottery withheld his $600 Florida Lotto X winnings to cover part of a current debt balance of $1,799 for an unemployment overpayment. Engelhardt told News 6 the notices made no sense because he and his wife retired in early 2014 and have had no reason to collect unemployment benefits over the last 8 years. We were making close to what we were m
May 20, 2022, 7:03 pm - Lottery News

Mega Millions host calls wrong winning number during broadcast
Strangely, New York pays out some prizes that matched wrong number We all make mistakes, but for a host of the Mega Millions lottery, it's a potentially costly one: Prize payments for some Mega Millions tickets have been temporarily suspended after host John Crow incorrectly read the Mega Ball number during Tuesday's lottery drawing. The first five numbers were called correctly: 15, 19, 20, 61 and 70. But as the gold Mega Ball, was selected, the number 9 with a line drawn under it could
May 13, 2022, 8:28 am - Lottery News

Big letdown for North Carolina lottery "winner" when barcode proves false win
By Kate Northrop A Florida trucker experienced the letdown of his life after his suspicion of a big win was proven wrong by the barcode on his lottery ticket. Florida resident James Kinard was sure the lottery ticket he bought while passing through North Carolina was a winner, but the good feeling came crashing to a halt when the barcode on the ticket proved it was a false win. While making a stop in Statesville, Kinard decided to play the North Carolina Lottery's 50X Multiplier gam
May 2, 2022, 11:54 am - Lottery News

UPDATE: Hoosier Lottery pays out $1.78 million after Fast Play error produced 632 winning tickets
Lottery currently exploring available options for recovery By Kate Northrop The Hoosier Lottery has paid out $1,785,000 so far after a vendor error mistakenly produced 632 winning tickets in an in-state Fast Play drawing. Last month, the Hoosier Lottery announced that it would pay out all winning tickets affected by a validation error for its newest Fast Play game, $20 Golden Jackpot. On the morning of the game's first drawing, players experienced a technical issue that prevent
Apr 25, 2022, 5:50 pm - Lottery News

Lucky "mistake" helped Iowa man win $1 million Mega Millions lottery prize
Ticket printing mishap gives player a lucky break Includes audio report By Kate Northrop A mistake that occurred while printing a Mega Millions lottery ticket led to an Iowa man winning a $1 million second-tier prize. Josh Buster of West Burlington is positive that a clerk's slip-up is the reason why he won $1 million in the Mega Millions drawing on April 15. The Mega Millions jackpot for the drawing on Fri., April 15 was $20 million, and Buster made sure he bought his tick
Apr 21, 2022, 6:54 am - Lottery News

UPDATE: New Jersey Lottery restores Fast Play sales following glitch
Lottery promises compensation for some players By Kate Northrop The New Jersey Lottery today announced that sales for its Fast Play family of games will be restored this evening after a software issue forced ticket sales offline and provided details regarding compensation for affected tickets. On Tuesday, the Lottery suspended Fast Play sales immediately after discovering a vendor software error. Sales for the Fast Play family of games are scheduled to resume tonight, Apr. 29 at 5:00
Apr 29, 2021, 4:16 pm - Lottery News

Maryland Lottery holds second Bonus Match 5 drawing after problem discovered
Players are urged to hang onto their tickets and check both sets of numbers By Kate Northrop On Thursday, the Maryland Lottery announced that it held two drawings for the Bonus Match 5 on March 18 due to a problem that occurred with the drawing that day. A press release from the Lottery assures players that it will pay prizes on two separate sets of winnings numbers for the March 18 drawing, which are listed below. The Lottery also emphasized that each set of winning numbers is separate
Mar 22, 2021, 10:34 am - Lottery News

Hoosier Lottery holds secondary Daily 3 drawing following technical issue
Lottery tells players to hold onto their tickets UPDATE: Secondary draw results added By Kate Northrop After a technical difficulty occurred during the evening Daily 3 drawing on Saturday, Jan. 30, the Hoosier Lottery held a secondary drawing. In the meantime, the Lottery urged players to hold onto their tickets in the event that their numbers yield a prize with the new numbers drawn. The winning numbers from the initial drawing are 9-0-2 with Superball 1, but players whose ticket
Feb 3, 2021, 7:07 pm - Lottery News

Misprinted Kentucky Lottery tickets lead players to mistakenly believe they won
IGT software error dashes players' hopes and excitement By Kate Northrop Quite a few Kentucky Lottery players thought they had won big time when they saw matching symbols printed on their Tic Tac Cash Fast Play tickets, but that joy quickly dissipated when they found out that those symbols were not indicators of winning the lottery at all, rather they were a result of a software error. According to the Kentucky Lottery, a vendor software issue affected some lottery vending machines in O
Dec 17, 2020, 5:19 pm - Lottery News

Top prizes missing from Ireland Lottery games blamed on 'human error'
Some jackpots were literally impossible to win By Kate Northrop The Regulator of Ireland's National Lottery released a report today that confirmed four jackpot prizes worth a combined 180,000 (US$211,544) in three separate scratch-off games went missing, making them impossible to win. In November 2019, the National Lottery's regulator was notified that the number of jackpots offered in three separate scratch-off games was inaccurate compared to the number of jackpots actually available
Oct 8, 2020, 5:46 pm - Lottery News

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