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Washington Lottery to begin accepting debit card payments
In a digital age, convenience is key By Kate Northrop The Washington Lottery is planning to rollout debit card payments for tickets at all its vending machines. In an increasingly digital and cashless era, offering different modes of convenience is a necessity for businesses that aim to stand out and thrive. By accepting debit payments, the Washington Lottery hopes to make it easier for players who don't always have cash on-hand. We recognize the world is evolving into a cashle
Jun 3, 2022, 12:52 pm - 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

Iowa Lottery brings major upgrades to retailer terminals
New operating system joins brand-new equipment By Kate Northrop Iowa Lottery players might have begun to notice some changes the state lottery made to its retailer lottery terminals last weekend. Not only that, but the Lottery says that its recent changeover to a new operating system has opened the door to using updated technology, instruments, and consumer-facing hardware. This is a huge project the Lottery only takes on about once a decade because it involves replacing all of the
Oct 4, 2021, 7:13 pm - Lottery News

New Jersey Lottery ticket sales temporarily unavailable
Lottery is halting ticket purchases during morning hours tomorrow By Kate Northrop The New Jersey Lottery today announced that ticket sales for all draw games will be temporarily suspended Friday, Feb. 26. The Lottery will be applying an upgrade to its wagering system used for purchasing draw-based Lottery games. Players will not be able to buy tickets for those games between 12:01 am and approximately 10:00 am Friday. However, midday drawings for Pick 3 and Pick 4 will not be interr
Feb 25, 2021, 11:57 am - 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

Connecticut Lottery's Fast Play instant game crashes lottery terminals
Connecticut's newest instant game is so popular, lottery terminals can't keep up By Kate Northrop The Connecticut Lottery's newest game is attracting so many players that lottery terminals are slowing or shutting down. Fast Play, the Lottery's newest instant game, was launched about a month ago. Since then, the game has attracted players across the state and generated about $5 million in sales. In fact, the game has received so much attention, that lottery terminals at retailers and the
Aug 17, 2020, 6:19 pm - Lottery News

Texas Lottery to expand ticket sales at checkout lanes
Charlie Thomas, a home health care provider who also scrubs floors in the evening, says he buys lottery tickets every time I get a paycheck. Thomas, 55, has been playing the Texas Lottery for two decades. His fortune hunting takes a $30 bite out of his weekly pay, but he's won about $1,000 over the years. His most recent good fortune was a $100 win on a bingo lottery ticket. He was less lucky one day last month: The $2 scratch-off he bought at an East Austin convenience store came up empt
Jan 21, 2020, 9:36 am - Lottery News

Illinois Lottery glitch causes trouble for retailers, including overpayment to winners
The Illinois Lottery's transition to a new central gaming system has caused trouble for some retailers, including overpayments to winners. The ticket validation issue was discovered Feb. 20 and resolved the same day, said Illinois Lottery spokesman Jason Schaumburg, who didn't know how much extra money was awarded. Stores that paid out incorrect winnings can be reimbursed if they submit a written account of the error to the central lottery office in Springfield, said Bill Fleischli, the ex
Mar 4, 2019, 3:20 pm - Lottery News

Oregon Lottery glitch in July made all Keno tickets losers
The Oregon Lottery has built up a $1.2 billion a year business trafficking in the eternal thrill of gambling. Just one of its games, Keno, was played an extraordinary 73.7 million times last year. But the Keno odds took a sudden swing in the early morning hours of July 23, when scanners read all Keno tickets as losers, even when they weren't. The Lottery never widely disclosed the technical glitch that gave players zero chance of winning. The agency confirmed the defect lasted nearly six h
Sep 10, 2018, 5:53 am - Lottery News

Kansas Lottery installs new gaming system
Includes video report By Todd Northrop The Kansas Lottery's new, advanced central gaming system is now live at more than 1,700 Kansas Lottery retailers across the state. This follows a successful conversion by the Lottery's new technology partner Scientific Games as part of an overall plan to responsibly increase returns to the State of Kansas. The Lottery's data transfer and official switch-over from the old systems technology took place July 29. Careful planning started more than two
Aug 1, 2018, 10:24 am - Lottery News

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