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$11 million slot jackpot a malfunction, casino says
MaryAnn and Jim McMahon thought their money troubles were over when they hit an $11 million jackpot at a Cripple Creek, Colorado, casino Tuesday. It turns out they were wrong. The Wildwood Casino blamed a slot machine malfunction for the $11 million jackpot. The machine was turned over to the Colorado Gaming Division for inspection. A spokesperson says their initial investigation shows the McMahon's didn't really win the $11 million prize on June 1. Gaming spokesperson Don Burmania s ...
Jun 4, 2010, 2:34 pm - Lottery News forum

Woman takes Fla. Lottery to court for ticket misprint
Ann Marie Curcio says her fight with Florida's Department of the Lottery is about more than money. The 58-year-old woman says it's about what is right and what is wrong. But this week, it also became about a $500,000 lawsuit in which she is claiming Florida's lottery officials are refusing to honor a scratch-off ticket because of a printing error. We got wronged. I'm very sad about that, she said from her Ocala home during a telephone interview. (But) I'm not going to give up. The sto ...
May 21, 2010, 8:00 am - Lottery News forum

S.C. Lottery to pay for Pick 4 error
During the South Carolina Education Lottery's evening Pick 4 draw for Saturday, March 13, the numbers 7, 2, 4, and 5 were selected. However, an error occurred when the numbers 1, 2, 4, and 5 were entered into the central system for validating claims, according to a release from SCEL. The lottery will pay Pick 4 ticket holders for either set of numbers. Lottery Post's South Carolina Pick 4 evening results history (www.lotterypost.com/) includes both combinations.game/176/results Lottery spo ...
Mar 16, 2010, 11:28 am - Lottery News forum

Bad news for record S. African lottery "winner"
A deaf South African cleaner besieged by begging relatives after a newspaper reported he had scooped a 91 million rand (US$12 million) lottery jackpot was not the winner, the draw's organizers said on Tuesday. National Lottery spokeswoman Thembi Tulwana said the real winner of Friday's South Africa PowerBall draw was an unnamed 43-year-old woman, and not 52-year-old Stanley Philander, a Cape Town hardware store cleaner reported to have carried off the record rollover prize. Tulwana said Ph ...
Feb 17, 2010, 8:32 am - Lottery News forum

Clerk's error makes N.J. man a $100,000 winner
A Bridgeton, New Jersey, resident has a store clerk's error to thank for his purchase of a scratch-off lottery ticket worth $100,000. Indian Fields Market sold the winning Aces High scratch-off lottery ticket Monday night, store owner Domenic Galle said. The guy really didn't ask for that ticket, Galle said. The clerk gave him that ticket by mistake. He asked for Deuces Wild. The clerk realized her mistake after the customer left the store. She said, 'I gave the man the wrong tick ...
Nov 18, 2009, 10:09 am - Lottery News forum

Calif. Lottery pays out $264,000 after game show mistake
The California Lottery will pay $264,000 in additional winnings to nine people whose names were mistakenly transposed on forms during a lottery game show. Lottery officials say a mistake during a taping in February of the Make Me A Millionaire television show resulted in the nine players playing a different game than they otherwise would have. The nine players received another chance at winning Sunday because the Feb. 8 error had resulted in them playing a lower-paying game than they other ...
Oct 27, 2009, 11:00 am - Lottery News forum

Live drawing fluke puts Maryland lottery machine maker in spotlight
When it comes to Florida Lottery games, the Ping-Pong balls get all the attention. They carry the numbers that determine if players of games such as Lotto, Fantasy 5 and Cash 3 are winners. Few people pay attention to the machines used to select the balls. At least, not until something goes wrong, as happened last week when a Lotto ball was selected... and then fell back into the machine's mixing chamber. In an instant, the machine, manufactured by Garron Lottery Products in Baltimore, ...
Aug 29, 2009, 12:11 pm - Lottery News forum

Computerized lottery drawings not problem-free
MUSL director Strutt says Small group of players don't like them Passailaigue says players superstitious, spooked by changes in draw format Arkansas lottery officials say their decision to use a computer to generate winning numbers when lottery games start this fall makes economic sense, but the use of computerized drawings by lotteries in other states has not been free of problems. In July 2007, the Tennessee Education Lottery moved to save costs by doing away with its televised drawi ...
Aug 10, 2009, 9:22 am - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery drawings inspire confidence
Contrasted to the Arkansas Lottery decision last week to hide their drawings inside a computer, Texas has a model approach Stephanie Guidry and Mickey Roberts didn't have much else to do, so they stopped in front of the Texas Lottery Commission offices to watch the winning numbers be drawn. And because she and boyfriend Mickey Roberts had nothing pressing against their schedule from 10:09 to 10:13 on a weeknight, she stayed for the adventure. Even though they did not purchase a lottery ...
Aug 2, 2009, 1:21 pm - Lottery News forum

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 forum