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 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
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 forum
Lottery tickets will not be sold in South Carolina for more than 12 hours this weekend
You're out of luck if you planned on buying Powerball or Pick 3 tickets in South Carolina on Mother's Day morning.
Stores will stop selling tickets for computerized lottery games including Mega Millions and Palmetto Cash 5 at 11:45 p.m. Saturday as the state switches to a new contractor's computer system.
Exactly when stores will start selling again is unclear, but it will be sometime Sunday afternoon, more than 12 hours after going dark, state lottery Director Hogan Brown said. The lotte ...
May 10, 2018, 11:02 am - Lottery News forum
Glitch delays live Powerball drawing
Powerball officials suffered an embarrassing but short-lived glitch when the regularly scheduled, live drawing had to be shelved because of unexplained technical difficulties.
Players who stayed up late Saturday night to learn the lucky numbers probably should have just gone to bed: When the numbers finally were drawn, there were no winners of the jackpot estimated at a cool $215 million.
Because of a technical problem tonight, we are unable to bring you the Powerball drawing at this time ...
May 7, 2018, 7:26 am - Lottery News forum
Two CT Lottery employees suspended without pay for their roles in botched raffle drawing
Two middle-level Connecticut Lottery Corp. employees have been suspended without pay in the continuing fallout from a million-dollar mistake in the Jan. 1 drawing that selected winners in the New Year's Super Draw game.
Disciplined for neglect of duty were drawing supervisor Valerie Guglielmo and investigator Robert Balicki. Both served on a five-member drawing team that mistakenly excluded 100,000 of 214,601 eligible tickets that had been sold to players. The error resulted in a do-over draw ...
Mar 23, 2018, 8:47 pm - Lottery News forum
CT Lottery security chief on paid leave following review of botched raffle draw
The Connecticut Lottery Corp. has placed its $139,000-a-year year security director, Alfred DuPuis, on a paid leave pending possible disciplinary action after an internal investigation concluded that he acted with gross neglect... of his duties leading up to a million-dollar blunder in a Jan. 1 drawing.
(See Connecticut Lottery forced to redraw special New Year's raffle after 'human error', Lottery Post, Jan. 2, 2018.)
Interim lottery CEO Chelsea Turner imposed the leave Thursday. That was ...
Feb 17, 2018, 8:28 pm - Lottery News forum
A look behind the scenes at Hoosier Lottery drawings
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
Hoosier Lottery televised drawings take less than a minute to complete but as a local media report shows, it takes hours of preparation every day to make it all happen.
Indiana's Hoosier Lottery utilizes both computerized and traditional ball drawings for its games. The media report focuses mainly on the traditional ball drawings, which are used for the lottery's Daily 3 and Daily 4 drawings.
The other in-state games Cash Five, Hoosier Lotto, an ...
Feb 15, 2018, 12:57 pm - 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