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Minnesota Lottery confirms technical communications error delayed $2 billion Powerball drawing
Lottery staff and vendors overloaded by sales data By Kate Northrop The Minnesota Lottery confirmed yesterday that the cause for the delayed $2 billion Powerball drawing was a technical communications error brought on by an overwhelming amount of sales data. If you recall the Powerball fever that took over the nation this past week, you'll also remember the ten-hour delay before the drawing took place. When the drawing did finally occur Tuesday morning, it turns out that just one
Nov 11, 2022, 4:03 pm - Lottery News

Employee strike at Québec Lottery halts introduction of new Lotto 6/49 in the province
Multi-province Lotto 6/49 game will be unplayable in Qu bec until strike is settled By Kate Northrop Lottery players in Qu bec will be unable to participate in Canada's national Lotto 6/49 game due to an employee strike at the Qu bec Lottery (Loto-Qu bec). Over 400 professionals at the Qu bec Lottery went on strike following failed negotiations around pay raises and rising inflation, causing a delay in ticket validation and the scheduled rollout of the new nationwide Lotto 6/49 game
Sep 13, 2022, 12:02 pm - Lottery News

Cyber attack affects New Hampshire Lottery website
Lottery recommends steps for players to protect themselves By Kate Northrop The New Hampshire Lottery experienced a cyber attack that forced their website offline for nearly a day. On Thursday, August 25, a cyber attack impacted the NHiLottery website (NHLottery.com) after Lottery officials elected to bring it offline while they worked through security details. At around 9:30 am on the morning of Friday, August 26, the Lottery announced that their third-party hosting provider had
Sep 5, 2022, 1:52 pm - 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

UPDATE: Hoosier Lottery will pay out all winning tickets after Fast Play error
Lottery finishes investigation, will honor all claims filed for game's winning tickets By Kate Northrop Friday the Hoosier Lottery announced that it will pay out all winning tickets affected by a validation error for its newest Fast Play game. On the morning of the launch of Indiana's newest Fast Play game, $20 Golden Jackpot, players experienced a technical issue that prevented their supposedly winning tickets from being validated. Players phoned in and contacted the Lottery d
Mar 28, 2022, 8:52 am - Lottery News

Hoosier Lottery suspends Fast Play sales over ticket validation error
Issue affects every ticket sold By Kate Northrop The Hoosier Lottery suspended sales for its newest Fast Play game after players called in to report that their winning tickets were unable to be validated. On the morning of the launch of Indiana's newest Fast Play game, $20 Golden Jackpot, players experienced a technical issue that prevented their supposedly winning tickets from being validated. According to the Lottery, callers were stating that they matched all three numbers i
Mar 22, 2022, 12:48 pm - Lottery News

Pennsylvania woman sues online slots company after being refused jackpot payout
More than a dozen other players with similar complaints By Kate Northrop A Pennsylvania slots player filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of an online slots game after it refused to pay out a $100,000 jackpot caused by a bug. More than a dozen other players lodged similar complaints against the same company, claiming that they won far more than what the company was willing to pay out, New Jersey regulators say. Lisa Piluso, of Yardley, a Pennsylvania town near the New Jers
Nov 17, 2021, 11:34 am - Lottery News

Lotto New Zealand payment glitch affects 25,000 players buying tickets
$42.2 million Powerball jackpot scooped up by one lone ticketholder in the same night By Kate Northrop In a digital glitch, around 25,000 Kiwis were overcharged on their lottery tickets for Lotto New Zealand's $42.2 million (US$30.2 million) Powerball drawing on Wednesday, the second-largest jackpot won in the country's history. The high volume of traffic on the Lottery's MyLotto website prior to the drawing led to issues with the card processing systems operated by third party payment
Oct 26, 2021, 8:03 am - Lottery News

Prize payouts from New York Lottery frozen for the past week
Lottery commission lacks transparency; blames glitch for delay; players frustrated Update: Lottery Post has prize data published By Kate Northrop Some players are still unable to claim winnings from the New York Lottery since they froze prize payouts last Wednesday. The Lottery has put a hold on prize claims for the Powerball, New York Lotto, Cash4Life, and Take 5 games, blaming the delay on a glitch. On Thursday, June 10, the Lottery put out a statement on social media to alert
Jun 15, 2021, 10:55 am - Lottery News

Wildfires cause shutdown of some Oregon Lottery games
2020 continues to challenge the lottery and gaming industry By Kate Northrop 2020 just doesn't seem to let up, with wildfires in Oregon causing 115 of the state's lottery retailers to lose connection to the fiber-optic cables that support the selling of most lottery games. Over the weekend, 95 retailers in the Portland area and 25 on the coast were rendered unable to sell any video lottery games, Keno, and traditional draw games like Mega Millions and Powerball. Only instant scratch-off
Sep 23, 2020, 5:28 pm - Lottery News

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