Lottery scammer rigged more drawings than first thought, records show
The computer program that a former lottery security official used to rig drawings worth millions of dollars in Iowa and other states was more expansive than investigators first discovered, court records filed last week show.
Eddie Tipton, a former employee of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) in Clive, wrote the code to allow him to predict the randomly drawn numbers of multimillion-dollar jackpots in as many as 17 states and claim the cash prizes.
The code remained active and und ...
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S.C. lottery glitch could result in $35 million in prize payouts; NJ firm will investigate
South Carolina lottery officials say a computer glitch that made winners out of everyone who played a holiday game for two hours on Christmas Day could result in a more than $35 million prize payout nearly double the initial estimate.
The S.C. Education Lottery Commission announced the new figure Tuesday at a special meeting called to discuss the ongoing fallout from a programming error.
The mistake had players of the Holiday Cash Add-A-Play game seeing three matching Christmas trees print ...
Jan 23, 2018, 6:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery's gamble on new website doesn't pay off on first try
The Michigan Lottery launched a refreshed website Wednesday morning, but it didn't go as planned.
Users of the new MichiganLottery.com experienced slowdowns after the change-over from the old site, lottery spokesman Jeff Holyfield said.
We were getting calls, emails... from players saying the website wasn't responding well, he said.
The project team took down the site for a couple minutes and tried to fix the issue, but it didn't immediately work. It then reverted to the old site so pl ...
Jan 18, 2018, 10:17 am - Lottery News forum
CT Lottery holds do-over raffle drawing
Million-dollar winner is one of the tickets excluded from the first drawing
16 tickets won prizes in both drawings
The Connecticut Lottery Corp. held a do-over drawing Tuesday morning to partially correct a $1.375 million blunder that happened Jan. 1, when nearly half of the eligible tickets in the New Year's Million-Dollar Super Draw game 100,000 out of the 214,601 sold at $10 each were excluded from the drawing.
The electronic drawing was conducted without apparent problems by a team ...
Jan 16, 2018, 1:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Fake News: $451 million lottery winner Shane Missler NOT giving away $5,000 to retweeters
By Todd Northrop
When a 20-year-old Florida man won a $451 Mega Millions jackpot earlier this month, the first thing he did was post a brief social media post.
Now Internet scammers have mimicked him, and are creating numerous bogus social media accounts in an attempt to deceive people looking for a share of the loot.
Shane Missler won the $451 million Mega Millions jackpot on January 5, 2018, but opted for a lump sum payment of $281.2 million instead of the full amount divided into 30 ...
Jan 16, 2018, 10:05 am - Lottery News forum
Connecticut Lottery to re-draw raffle Tuesday
The Connecticut Lottery Corp. has set Tuesday at 11 a.m. as the time for a do-over drawing to partly make up for a Jan. 1 fiasco in which nearly half the eligible tickets in the Super Draw game 100,000 out of 214,601 sold at $10 each were excluded by mistake.
But some lottery players are still unhappy.
The new drawing will be held as two investigations are already underway into how the $1.375 million error occurred on New Year's Day and it's unlikely to satisfy many of the holders of the 1 ...
Jan 13, 2018, 4:43 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut lawmaker may request hearings over costly drawing error
It should have been so easy for the five-member team in charge of a Jan. 1 lottery drawing to enter and verify the right numbers in a machine that electronically selected the winners of the Connecticut Lottery Corp.'s New Year's $1,000,000 Super Draw game.
Such an easy thing, but now so many problems.
The team members had the benefit of illustrated, step-by-step instructions that you or I could follow in the form an Official Drawing Procedures manual for the game in which $10 tickets were ...
Jan 6, 2018, 6:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Two CT Lottery employees on paid leave during probe of botched drawing
The Connecticut Lottery Corp. said Wednesday that it has placed two employees on paid administrative leave while it investigates a human error that shut 100,000 eligible tickets out of Monday's drawing in the New Year's $1,000,000 Super Draw game, forcing a second drawing yet to be scheduled.
(See Connecticut Lottery forced to redraw special New Year's raffle after 'human error', Lottery Post, Jan. 2, 2018.)
Investigations are being conducted by both the CT Lottery and the [state] Departm ...
Jan 4, 2018, 3:22 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut Lottery forced to redraw special New Year's raffle after 'human error'
Error made 100,000 raffle tickets unable to win
Players of a special New Year's lottery raffle game in Connecticut may be out of luck if they tossed their tickets, after officials disclosed they need to hold a new drawing after 100,000 eligible tickets were mistakenly disregarded Monday.
The Connecticut Lottery said there was a problem with the drawing due to human error, and a second drawing will be announced later this week. Winning tickets from both drawings will be honored, according t ...
Jan 2, 2018, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
SC Lottery will set aside $19.6 million for potential payouts to cover glitch
The South Carolina lottery will set aside $19.6 million to cover potential claims while it continues to investigate a Christmas Day glitch that affected Holiday Cash Add-A-Play tickets.
The S.C. Education Lottery Commission met behind closed doors Friday and decided to set aside the money for potential payouts while continuing to investigate a programming glitch that produced erroneous tickets on Christmas Day.
The S.C. Education Lottery's computer system vendor, Intralot, experienced a pr ...
Dec 30, 2017, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum