Virginia Lottery wasn't quite ready for Mega Millions game changes
Lottery says 182 tickets have no chance of winning but may be as high as 628
UPDATE: Now includes exact number of invalid plays and possible invalid plays, corrects claim period for refunds
By Todd Northrop
If you buy a Mega Millions ticket, you normally have a 0.00000033 percent chance of winning the big jackpot. But at least 182 tickets were sold in Virginia on Friday that have a 0 percent chance of winning and there may be up to 628 plays with no chance, depending on the numbers draw ...
Oct 31, 2017, 9:20 am - Lottery News forum
Arizona Lottery director not embarrassed about computerized drawing fiasco
The head of the Arizona Lottery says he's not embarrassed that his department overlooked a potentially costly failure of its computerized drawings.
Over a six-day period starting Sept. 28, lottery machines spit out the same numbers in consecutive games.
(See Arizona Lottery computerized drawing machine generated identical winning numbers, Lottery Post, Oct. 6, 2017.)
The Lottery is now offering refunds or exchanges for anyone who played the Pick 3, Fantasy 5, All or Nothing, and 5 Card ...
Oct 17, 2017, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum
Arizona Lottery computerized drawing machine generated identical winning numbers
Machine taken out of service; no explanation offered
Once again computerized lottery drawings are coming under scrutiny as a machine responsible for generating random numbers has done the opposite, generating exact duplicates.
The Arizona Lottery is offering losing ticket refunds or exchanges from four games held over a recent six-day period because a machine used for the drawings generated the same winning numbers in consecutive games.
The games affected are Fantasy 5, Pick 3, All or N ...
Oct 6, 2017, 12:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery exposed Social Security numbers of nearly 3,000 winners
The Iowa Lottery said in a release Tuesday that the organization inadvertently released the Social Security numbers of some of its prize winners from calendar year 2011.
This release of sensitive data was unintentional, Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said. On behalf of the entire lottery team, I apologize for this mistake. As we have said many times through the years, human involvement in any process means it will not be perfect. We are offering those impacted access to a credit-monitoring serv ...
Sep 27, 2017, 9:57 am - Lottery News forum
CT Lottery app mistakenly identified winning tickets as losers
By Todd Northrop
If there was ever an example of why people should double-check their own lottery tickets, this is it.
Over the weekend, the Connecticut Lottery's mobile app told people with winning lottery tickets that they lost. Hopefully there were not too many winning lottery tickets thrown in the trash, but one must imagine there were some.
The lottery said Monday afternoon that its mobile app Scan Tickets feature operated incorrectly at 12:25 p.m. Saturday through 10:34 a.m. Monda ...
Aug 15, 2017, 9:57 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery apologizes for costly game gaffe
Includes video report
When it comes to live TV, mistakes can and will happen. Remember this year's Academy Awards when the wrong film was announced for Best Picture?
So it might not come as a surprise that Michigan Lottery Public Relations Director Jeff Holyfield was feeling a little like the Warren Beatty of lottery drawings Tuesday.
Well, thank heavens it wasn't that bad, Holyfield said, laughing at the comparison.
A technical error during Monday night's Michigan Daily 3 and Daily ...
Mar 15, 2017, 8:52 am - Lottery News forum
Louisiana Lottery showed incorrect winning numbers for Pick 3, Pick 4 on March 12
The Louisiana Lottery Corporation drawing show that aired on television on March 12 showed the wrong numbers for Pick 3 and Pick 4, the corporation announced.
The correct Pick 3 winning numbers for the drawing are 0-4-7. Additionally the correct Pick 4 winning numbers for the drawing are 3-1-8-4.
Both sets of numbers were correctly displayed on Lottery Post's Louisiana Lottery Results page, despite the wrong numbers appearing on TV.
The TV show incorrectly reported that the Pick 3 numb ...
Mar 13, 2017, 3:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Mistake lottery ticket wins NJ man $1 million
By Todd Northrop
A New Jersey man has won a multi-state Cash4Life prize worth $1 million because of a lottery ticket that was sold to him accidentally.
New Jersey Lottery officials reported the second-prize winning Cash4Life ticket was sold at Sam's Day Nite Food Store, 1200 River Ave., and matched five numbers but not the Cash Ball in the Dec. 1 drawing. The winning numbers were were 17, 23, 30, 49 and 55. The Cash Ball drawn was 1, according to lottery officials.
The store owners said ...
Dec 7, 2016, 12:08 pm - Lottery News forum
CT Lottery settles 5 Card Cash dispute with vendor
Will receive $300,000 from Scientific Games, not $4M sought
The Connecticut Lottery Corp. has agreed to settle for a fraction of the nearly $4.2 million it had claimed that Scientific Games, the international gambling giant, lost in last year's hacking of the popular 5 Card Cash instant game.
Frank Farricker, acting president of the lottery, said Monday that Scientific Games will provide about $300,000 to develop a new, more-secure operating system. The Las Vegas-based company has also agr ...
Nov 29, 2016, 2:03 pm - Lottery News forum
Update: Players sue Delaware Lottery for $2M over disputed Keno tickets
Two Delaware men are claiming they haven't seen a penny of the $2 million they say the state lottery owes them after a computer glitch spewed out multiple matching numbers.
John Brookings Jr. and Richard Spence played Keno a bingo-style lottery game in which players can win based on how many numbers they match and how much they wager at a retailer in New Castle County last December, according to the lawsuit.
(See Keno players cash in on lottery glitch in Delaware, Lottery Post, Dec. 24, 20 ...
Nov 29, 2016, 1:08 pm - Lottery News forum