Tennessee Lottery computerized drawings flawed since inception
Lottery throws all blame on a contractor; players bear the brunt
By Todd Northrop
A month ago, Tennessee Lottery officials claimed the state's new computerized drawings would be exciting .
What Tennessee lottery players got instead were buggy, unfair drawings, in which almost half the numbers people picked had no chance whatsoever of winning.
The severely flawed drawings have been happening every day since computerized drawings replaced the lottery's real mechanical ball drawings mo ...
Aug 21, 2007, 7:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Glitch Delays Jersey Cash 5 Lottery Drawing
A mechanical glitch forced New Jersey Lottery officials to manually draw the winning numbers for the Jersey Cash 5 game on Friday night.
The machine containing those game balls jammed, so they followed the emergency procedures, which call for an off-air manual drawing that is observed by the independent auditor, New Jersey Lottery spokesman Dominick DeMarco said.
It was not immediately clear what caused the problem, or whether a similar machine problem had ever previously affected a New ...
Jun 16, 2007, 12:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery dream shattered for N.C. couple
Randolph and Sandra Whitehead planned to get out of their small house, buy a car they could depend on and pay their bills. After all, they had just won $250,000 in the North Carolina lottery.
But those dreams came crashing down when their road to riches took a sudden U-turn.
On May 1, Randolph Whitehead bought a scratch-off ticket at the Rocky Mount BP station on Centura Highway. They had the surprise of their lives.
Me and her looked at it together, Randolph said. I put on my glasse ...
May 26, 2007, 10:51 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery won't pay $500,000 winner, called 'misprint'
A Florida couple says they have a winning lottery ticket and they want their money, but the the Florida Lottery Commission isn't paying.
Ocala resident Joe Curcio thought he hit the jackpot on a scratch-off ticket that shows a prize of $500,000.
When he tried to claim his prize he received nothing at the lottery office.
Curcio said he bought a legitimate lottery ticket at the Turnpike rest area at Fort Drum.
The state said the ticket had a misprint on it.
Curcio and his family s ...
May 16, 2007, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
Broken ball prompts 2nd Penn. Lottery drawing, 2 sets of winners
Lottery players in Pennsylvania got a second chance to win after officials discovered a ball used in the MATCH 6 lotto drawing had broken into pieces.
A second off-air drawing was held Tuesday night and the state said it would pay off winning tickets for both sets of numbers.
No one won the $550,000 jackpot. But more than 200,000 winners in the two drawings will get anywhere from $2 to $2,500, according to the lottery's online statistics.
The first total payout was $366,805; the second ...
May 2, 2007, 8:08 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. Woman Still Waiting For Lottery Payout
Gertrude Hill writes out checks to pay bills, but like most of us, she could use a little extra money to help pay.
Hill thought she'd gotten extra money in March when she won the N.C. Education Lottery for $500. She went back to the Sam's Mart in the University area where she'd purchased the ticket to redeem it.
(The clerk) took the ticket and he scanned and he said, 'I don't have that much money,' Hill said.
The clerk told her to take the ticket to a grocery store chain that they wou ...
Apr 25, 2007, 5:35 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery declares 'foul' during evening Daily Number drawing
Pennsylvania Lottery officials declared a foul during the Thursday night Daily Number drawing. Thursday night's official winning Daily Number combination is 1-7-2.
The first numbered ball in the combination, 1, and the second ball, 7, were successfully drawn. The third numbered ball was drawn into the selection chamber but fell back into the mixing chamber when a drawing official prematurely closed the drawing chamber before the ball was fully into position. At that point, a foul was called ...
Apr 13, 2007, 8:02 am - Lottery News forum
Did thousands of B.C. Lottery players throw away winning tickets?
Thousands of disappointed B.C. lottery players were confronted by full-page newspaper ads yesterday suggesting they may have been robbed of past winnings.
While discovering they didn't win Wednesday's $38 million Lotto 6/49 jackpot, they also learned they could have held winning tickets for lotteries between Feb. 8 and March 30 and been told they were not winners.
A consumer advisory said a software update to the Internet Number Checker inadvertently prevented draw results from being prese ...
Apr 6, 2007, 12:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Ontario Lottery players don't know who to trust
With widespread corruption or at least permissiveness of corruption coming to light in Ontario, lottery players don't know who to turn to when there is a problem.
Take, for instance, the case of a player who realized his lottery ticket was mis-printed.
Thomas Hong always does what the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. asks him to do check your tickets.
And that's what he did on the recent March 16 Super 7 draw, but there was one hitch, he was missing four bonus lines on one ticket ...
Mar 30, 2007, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
W. Canada Lottery web mistake causes player confusion
For a moment, it appeared she'd lost her chance at $25 million well before the contest closed.
A computer operator mistake led winning numbers of Western Canada Lottery Corp.'s (WCLC) Millionaire Life contest to hit the corporation's website Saturday, long before the scheduled Feb. 28 draw.
That's not right. My first reaction was (to wonder) 'What kind of lottery is this if the numbers are up and they're still selling tickets?,' said Portage la Prairie resident Wendy Twiss.
Feb 19, 2007, 12:15 pm - Lottery News forum