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 forum
Hoosier Lottery operator facing $3.6M fine for not meeting sales goal
By Kate Northrop
IGT Indiana, the private operator of the Hoosier Lottery, may be required to pay a $3.6 million fine to the state should it not meet its $300 million sales goal a number that seems unobtainable at this point.
The lottery is projected to generate about $295 million to be sent to state coffers, which would include the $3.6 million penalty should they not meet the threshold.
Last year, the lottery sent a record $312 million to the state in surplus revenue, 6% higher than w ...
May 22, 2020, 7:24 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. spends $1.3M to date on search for lottery partner amid fierce competition for $1B contract
The hunt for a company to service the Pennsylvania Lottery's games and gaming system for the next decade has proven to be a contentious and costly venture.
Two companies are vying for 10-year lottery servicing contracts that would pay close to $1 billion or more over the life of the deal (the contracts could be extended for two to four years). It's one of the commonwealth's most lucrative long-term contracts.
The firms have engaged in a heated battle over the past year and a half as this i ...
Oct 22, 2019, 10:18 am - Lottery News forum
Will R.I. Lottery win or lose in $1 billion IGT contract battle?
Is it a wise move that would keep more than 1,000 high-paying jobs in Rhode Island or just the latest example of a you gotta know a guy back-room deal?
Is the lottery giant IGT as Rhode Island as Del's lemonade or as British as Big Ben?
In short, is the proposed no-bid, $1-billion, 20-year extension of IGT's current 20-year gambling technology contract a solid win for the Rhode Island economy or an ill-advised sweetheart deal ?
As state lawmakers prepare to review the proposal this fall ...
Aug 13, 2019, 8:34 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery will go offline for systems upgrade on April 15
Florida Lottery officials say they don't anticipate problems as a multimillion-dollar upgrade of a vending system goes into place this month.
But rather than press their luck, players are urged to buy earlier than normal as the new system is expected to require the main office to go offline for several hours April 15.
The vast majority of the upgrade will occur overnight on the 15th, causing minimal inconvenience, lottery spokeswoman Keri Nucatola said. Still, we are encouraging our frequ ...
Apr 1, 2019, 4:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Nebraska woman told her winning lottery ticket is a dud
Connie Johnson got one of the very first scratch-off cards for the Nebraska Lottery's new Christmas game, Holiday Bonus Bucks.
In fact, the lady at Russ's Market, where Johnson goes to get prescriptions filled, hadn't even opened the packets for the new lottery game.
Have you got anything new? Johnson asked. The woman opened the new game tickets.
Johnson bought four of them, drove home, did a little house work, then sat down and scratched one.
It said I won $1,000!
Johnson was ...
Nov 26, 2018, 10:05 am - Lottery News forum
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 forum
How North Carolina scratch-off lottery tickets are distributed
What would you do if you won the lottery?
And what if you could figure out a system that would help you win it?
Pat Jackson thought perhaps someone had done that when she read about a couple that won a $10,000 scratch-off prize and then a $1 million scratch-off prize on the same day in different counties. Jackson, who lives in Charlotte, became curious about the distribution of the thousands of scratch-off tickets that are sold at nearly 7,000 locations across the state.
So she posed a ...
Aug 8, 2018, 8:29 am - Lottery News forum
Companies battle for Pa. lottery contract
For one firm, it will be something like winning the Powerball: A state government contract worth more than $800 milion that comes along just once a decade in Pennsylvania.
The current contract to provide the gaming system and instant ticket game services that power the Pennsylvania Lottery expires in June 2019. The chance to become the lottery's partner for the next 10 years has the paucity of vendors who do this type of work pulling out all the stops. Two of the major players have hired lobb ...
Jul 30, 2018, 7:31 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery giant IGT is sole bidder to run sports betting in R.I.
IGT, the company that runs Rhode Island's electronic lottery systems, is the sole bidder for a contract to run the state's proposed foray into sports betting.
The Lottery issued a request for proposals on the sports betting contract last month and although 18 firms participated in a pre-bid conference on the contract, the Providence-based company formerly known as GTECH was the only one to submit a bid by last Friday's deadline, the R.I. Lottery announced Monday.
We would have preferred m ...
May 22, 2018, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum