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Human error caused expensive Va. Lottery mistake
New Game Generated More Than 600 Winning Tickets Debra and Raul Bennett are faithful lottery players, though in nearly 15 years of playing they never had won much more than pocket money. So on Sunday, when the retired Hampton, Va., couple realized they had a winning ticket from the Virginia Lottery's brand-new Fast Play Super 7s game, they were ecstatic. Plans for spending the $7,777 the game's top prize came fast and furious. But when the Bennetts went to the Hampton Virginia Lottery o
Oct 22, 2008, 6:44 pm - Lottery News

Virginia winners may have to pay for Lottery's mistake
Sometimes lotto luck lies underneath the surface of a scratch-off ticket. Sometimes it lies in the bounce of a ball. And sometimes it lies with the Virginia attorney general's office. Hundreds of players thought they had struck gold when lottery terminals errantly spit out tickets that appeared to have won them as much as $7,777. Turns out it was a computer programming error, not lady luck. Now the state's top lawyers will consult with the Virginia Lottery to decide whether the players get
Oct 21, 2008, 8:33 am - Lottery News

Missouri Lottery sold tickets after game ended
Players to get refunds if they saved their tickets The Missouri Lottery blundered Monday when it ended one numbers game and launched another, but will correct their mistake for players who saved their game tickets. A total of 473 people were able to buy lottery tickets for the Show Me 5 Paydown game on Monday, even though the game's final drawing was held Sunday evening. On Monday, the Missouri Lottery replaced its twice-daily Show Me 5 Paydown game with Show Me Cash, a similar Pick 5-s
Sep 10, 2008, 12:04 pm - Lottery News

Man chooses wrong lottery numbers and wins jackpot
For years, Bobby Guffey of Roanoke has been playing the same numbers in an attempt to win the Hoosier Lottery. His picks represent a combination of ages and numbers representing the months of his kids' birthdays. But when he bought a ticket for the Aug. 6 drawing of the Hoosier Lotto game at the Econoasis in Huntington, it was dark and he had forgotten his bifocals. He didn't realize until he was outside that the last number was accidentally 48 instead of his usual 46. It turns out
Aug 16, 2008, 9:14 am - Lottery News

Kansas Lottery officials mull GTECH systems failure
Kansas Lottery officials already had more than their hands full with the selection of gaming license applicants for their four casinos so they really didn't need another problem. But, there it is: a casino data systems failure from GTECH, the Providence-RI-based firm that manages the state's lottery activities. It was defective software, pure and simple, said Ed Van Petten, lottery executive director, in describing the systems failure. GTECH, a former publicly-traded American company, was
Jul 15, 2008, 11:00 pm - Lottery News

Pick 3 numbers in Kansas Lottery misreported
The Kansas Lottery says it misreported Pick 3 numbers for three dates because of a software glitch. But it says it will pay players who picked the misreported numbers, as well as those with the correct winning numbers. Lottery officials say the wrong numbers were reported Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. They say the random number generator used for Pick 3 drawings functioned properly, but the winning numbers reported to the public were not the numbers drawn. Kansas Lottery Executive Directo
Jul 5, 2008, 2:30 am - Lottery News

Sopranos' Vinny Vella fumes over $5M lotto misprint
Former The Sopranos star Vinny Vella is threatening legal action against New York state lottery officials after they rejected what he believes is his $5 million winning ticket. The 61-year-old actor who played Jimmy Petrille on the hit U.S. drama purchased an Extravaganza lottery ticket last Thursday, June 12, at a New York store to be in with a chance of winning a share of the $500 million jackpot. He was shocked to discover what he believed to be two sevens on the scratch ticket which wo
Jun 20, 2008, 10:18 am - Lottery News

Tenn. proposal for real lottery drawings withdrawn
Somber news for Tennessee Lottery players A proposal to require the Tennessee Lottery to abandon computerized drawings has been withdrawn for the year. The chairman of the House State and Local Government committee announced Tuesday that the bill sponsored by House Minority Leader Jason Mumpower, a Bristol Republican, was taken off notice. Mumpower had said he introduced the manual drawings measure in response to a loss in consumer confidence following a computer programming error last
Apr 30, 2008, 7:38 am - Lottery News

Tennessee Lottery computerized drawings under suspicion again
Lottery draws same numbers 3 days in a row; same thing happened last month When will the Tenn. Lottery dump the computer draws? Seven was a lucky number for Tennessee lottery players last week. A very, very, very lucky number. For three consecutive days, the winning ticket in the Cash 3 drawing was some combination of two sevens and a zero. Thursday, the winning Cash 3 number at midday was 0-7-7. Friday, the winning midday number was 7-0-7. And Saturday evening, the winning number was a
Apr 8, 2008, 8:26 pm - Lottery News

Tennessee Lottery a step closer to restoring real drawings
A Tennessee House panel has advanced a proposal to require the state lottery to abandon computerized drawings for its games. House Minority Leader Jason Mumpower, a Bristol Republican, says he sponsored the manual drawings measure in response to a loss in consumer confidence following a computer programming error last year. The glitch prevented duplicate numbers to be drawn for nearly a month. Lottery officials estimate it would cost about $5 million a year to return to drawing numbered
Apr 2, 2008, 11:02 pm - Lottery News