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Lotto machine rejects winning ticket
In South Africa, a Durban woman has asked Lotto operator Gidani to investigate its scanning machines after her winning ticket was declared invalid. Wanda Bromehead, said she had checked the newspaper and knew she had won R88 in the May 16 draw. But she was surprised when the teller behind the counter ran her ticket through the scanner and the screen displayed the words No Winner . The teller was asked to scan the ticket three more times, and the message was the same. Doubting herself
Jul 20, 2009, 1:01 pm - Lottery News

Ohio Lottery operator switch has some glitches
A new company began running the Ohio Lottery's computer system on Wednesday, causing frustrating problems for some retailers and leaving some winning tickets incorrectly coming up as losers. Lottery spokeswoman Marie Kilbane said the problems were being worked out. What we saw early were mostly common problems we had predicted, such as some calls from retailers who had forgotten sign-on passwords. But overall, selling has been going well, Kilbane said. The Ohio Lottery decided last yea
Jul 1, 2009, 7:41 pm - Lottery News

Colo. Lottery apologizes for $100 e-mail
You did not NOT win $100. Go back to jail. Luxury Tax (Pay $100). For people who subscribe to the Colorado Lottery's MyLottery online site, Tuesday was like a bad roll of Monopoly dice. On Tuesday, the Colorado Lottery sent out 3,700 e-mails to MyLottery subscribers telling them they had won $100. Thank you for taking the time and providing us with your feedback on potential drawing games, the e-mail read. Your opinions are important to us. Congratulations! You are a winner. You h
Jun 13, 2009, 8:19 am - Lottery News

Players can get credit for Iowa lottery error
The Iowa Lottery says it will pay qualified players after an operator error on its computer system vendor interrupted its Big Beepin' Deal promotion. Officials say any player who made a qualifying purchase on Sunday, Monday and part of Tuesday can receive a $20 bonus by mailing the ticket to the lottery. Officials say the error prevented the promotion from running for a time. The Big Beepin' Deal began May 3. For every 20th purchase statewide of a $10 Powerball with a Power Play option,
May 27, 2009, 10:53 am - Lottery News

Ontario Lottery recalls 92 tickets
Attention Ontario lottery players: check your tickets but not for a winner. You may be holding a bogus entry that can't win a prize. It's not a huge amount of tickets but there's another new controversy surrounding the beleaguered Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. The OLG has been forced to issue a public notice about a recall of 92 tickets sold over a wide area of the province. The reason? They have the wrong date on them. The tickets in question center on a series of the organizati
Apr 22, 2009, 5:54 pm - Lottery News

N.M. Lottery to replace Powerball tickets printed in error
The New Mexico Lottery has discovered that approximately 450 Powerball wagers were printed in error earlier this month. The wagers were purchased from two self-service lottery machines provided by Intralot, Inc., the lottery's gaming system vendor. Players who purchased those wagers will be offered a replacement ticket for the Jan. 28 drawing. The error occurred when Intralot deployed two self-service lottery machines before upgrading internal software supporting Powerball's new format.
Jan 23, 2009, 6:56 pm - Lottery News

Lottery ticket 'printing error' voids huge jackpot
Man gets undisclosed settlement from Ontario Lottery and apology Other 'winners' not so lucky Unlucky lotto winner Thomas Noftall may not have won the jackpot, but the 27-year-old will take home some cash from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. after all. OLG offered Noftall an apology and an undisclosed financial settlement yesterday after a printing error on his lottery tickets led him to believe he had won $135,000. Noftall and his lawyer met with lottery officials yesterday at
Jan 8, 2009, 1:06 pm - Lottery News

Wisconsin Lottery does not make vendor pay for mistakes
The Wisconsin Lottery has repeatedly declined to seek the maximum amount of damages allowed against a contractor whose technical failures have disrupted ticket sales and operations, records show. The Lottery has contracted with GTECH Corp. since 1989 to operate its ticket system, including 3,200 terminals at retailers statewide and a related telecommunications network. Under the contract, the Lottery can assess damages when its telecommunications systems fail or tickets cannot be validated.
Nov 28, 2008, 9:28 am - Lottery News

Tenn. Lottery CEO blames lagging sales on Powerball
Hey, you wanted to be in the gambling business... Tennessee officials are hedging their bets on Powerball to lift the lottery out of a sales slump that could hurt revenue projections for education. Lottery CEO Rebecca Paul Hargrove says lottery sales have been running about $400,000 less per week than last year since the fiscal year began July 1. She blames Powerball. The jackpot went over $300 million at one point last year but hasn't reached that level yet this year. Bigger jackpots i
Nov 18, 2008, 5:27 pm - Lottery News

Programming errors cause S.C. Lottery payout problems
Software bugs discovered in new system The executive director of the South Carolina Lottery apologized to players Wednesday, a week after software glitches caused some lottery tickets to not be paid correctly. Ernie Passailaigue, who heads the lottery, said a myriad of problems surfaced last week but have since been fixed. He said the problems stem from the installation of a new software system. Some game tickets from the lottery's former game contractor didn't scan properly, he said, a
Nov 14, 2008, 9:42 am - Lottery News