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SC lottery error prompts class-action lawsuit
It was Christmas Day in South Carolina and plenty of people were feeling lucky. For just $1, they could buy a ticket for Holiday Cash Add-A-Play at their local convenience store. The ticket looked a bit like a tic-tac-toe game: get three Christmas trees in a row on a nine-space grid and you won, maybe 2 or 20 bucks. Get all nine Christmas trees to fill the grid entirely and you won the $500 jackpot. The odds of that happening were 1 in 4,800. But something amazing started happening at exactly
Jun 2, 2018, 9:10 am - Lottery News

South Carolina Lottery says no prize for 71,000 'winning' tickets
The South Carolina Education Lottery says players who thought they won $500 from a December 2017 game, will not receive their winnings. Lottery officials announced in a press release Wednesday that anyone who purchased a Holiday Cash Add A Play ticket on December 25, 2017 between 5:51 p.m. until the close of the game at 7:53 p.m. that depicted nine tree symbols will receive a refund for the ticket. Those ticket holders will not receive the winnings because officials say the tickets were erron
May 30, 2018, 6:24 pm - Lottery News

Two CT Lottery employees suspended without pay for their roles in botched raffle drawing
Two middle-level Connecticut Lottery Corp. employees have been suspended without pay in the continuing fallout from a million-dollar mistake in the Jan. 1 drawing that selected winners in the New Year's Super Draw game. Disciplined for neglect of duty were drawing supervisor Valerie Guglielmo and investigator Robert Balicki. Both served on a five-member drawing team that mistakenly excluded 100,000 of 214,601 eligible tickets that had been sold to players. The error resulted in a do-over draw
Mar 23, 2018, 8:47 pm - Lottery News

CT Lottery security chief on paid leave following review of botched raffle draw
The Connecticut Lottery Corp. has placed its $139,000-a-year year security director, Alfred DuPuis, on a paid leave pending possible disciplinary action after an internal investigation concluded that he acted with gross neglect... of his duties leading up to a million-dollar blunder in a Jan. 1 drawing. (See Connecticut Lottery forced to redraw special New Year's raffle after 'human error', Lottery Post, Jan. 2, 2018.) Interim lottery CEO Chelsea Turner imposed the leave Thursday. That was
Feb 17, 2018, 8:28 pm - Lottery News

CT consumer protection agency issues investigative report about botched raffle drawing
An investigative report on the $1.375 million, New Year's Day lottery blunder spreads blame among the Connecticut Lottery Corp., state Department of Consumer Protection (DCP), and a national accounting firm hired to send an observer to the drawing to verify that proper procedures were followed. But that accounting firm, Marcum LLP, is denying all culpability in the snafu despite a contract with the lottery corporation requiring it to [o]bserve] that... the Lottery's Official Drawing Procedure
Feb 16, 2018, 9:10 am - Lottery News

Some N.C. Carolina Cash 5 lottery winners are due a little more
The N.C. Education Lottery says 48 Carolina Cash 5 game winners received $4 less than they actually won. In Monday's drawing, 48 tickets matched four of the five winning numbers and should have won a prize of $256. Players with those tickets got $252, lottery officials said. The winners beat odds of 1 in 4,163. The mistake resulted from human error involving the calculations of what the pari-mutuel prize would be, lottery Executive Director Alice Garland said. With a pari-mutuel prize, the
Feb 14, 2018, 9:35 am - Lottery News

S.C. lottery glitch could result in $35 million in prize payouts; NJ firm will investigate
South Carolina lottery officials say a computer glitch that made winners out of everyone who played a holiday game for two hours on Christmas Day could result in a more than $35 million prize payout nearly double the initial estimate. The S.C. Education Lottery Commission announced the new figure Tuesday at a special meeting called to discuss the ongoing fallout from a programming error. The mistake had players of the Holiday Cash Add-A-Play game seeing three matching Christmas trees print
Jan 23, 2018, 6:00 pm - Lottery News

CT Lottery holds do-over raffle drawing
Million-dollar winner is one of the tickets excluded from the first drawing 16 tickets won prizes in both drawings The Connecticut Lottery Corp. held a do-over drawing Tuesday morning to partially correct a $1.375 million blunder that happened Jan. 1, when nearly half of the eligible tickets in the New Year's Million-Dollar Super Draw game 100,000 out of the 214,601 sold at $10 each were excluded from the drawing. The electronic drawing was conducted without apparent problems by a team
Jan 16, 2018, 1:34 pm - Lottery News

Connecticut Lottery to re-draw raffle Tuesday
The Connecticut Lottery Corp. has set Tuesday at 11 a.m. as the time for a do-over drawing to partly make up for a Jan. 1 fiasco in which nearly half the eligible tickets in the Super Draw game 100,000 out of 214,601 sold at $10 each were excluded by mistake. But some lottery players are still unhappy. The new drawing will be held as two investigations are already underway into how the $1.375 million error occurred on New Year's Day and it's unlikely to satisfy many of the holders of the 1
Jan 13, 2018, 4:43 pm - Lottery News

Connecticut lawmaker may request hearings over costly drawing error
It should have been so easy for the five-member team in charge of a Jan. 1 lottery drawing to enter and verify the right numbers in a machine that electronically selected the winners of the Connecticut Lottery Corp.'s New Year's $1,000,000 Super Draw game. Such an easy thing, but now so many problems. The team members had the benefit of illustrated, step-by-step instructions that you or I could follow in the form an Official Drawing Procedures manual for the game in which $10 tickets were
Jan 6, 2018, 6:17 pm - Lottery News