Maryland player almost threw out $50,000 winning lottery ticket
It pays to double check your tickets
By Kate Northrop
It's a good idea to double-check lottery tickets before tossing them. Nearly throwing out a winning lottery ticket almost cost a Maryland man a $50,000 prize.
A landscaper just so happened to come into a lot of green when he hit a $50,000 prize with a Fast Play Lucky Numbers lottery ticket, but he did not realize it at first. When the anonymous player mistook it for a loser, the winning ticket just barely escaped being thrown in the ...
Sep 18, 2021, 3:15 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. Lottery introduces six new Fast Play games
North Carolina is the latest to act on growing trend of progressive jackpot lottery games
By Kate Northrop
North Carolina lottery players can try out the state lottery's newest offering Fast Play, a type of lottery game with a progressive jackpot that has become popular with other state lotteries in recent years.
Fast Play was first available for purchase on Sun., Sept. 13, 2020 at most N.C. Lottery retailers and on all self-service vending machines, marking the Lottery's first game lau ...
Sep 18, 2020, 3:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut Lottery's Fast Play instant game crashes lottery terminals
Connecticut's newest instant game is so popular, lottery terminals can't keep up
By Kate Northrop
The Connecticut Lottery's newest game is attracting so many players that lottery terminals are slowing or shutting down.
Fast Play, the Lottery's newest instant game, was launched about a month ago. Since then, the game has attracted players across the state and generated about $5 million in sales. In fact, the game has received so much attention, that lottery terminals at retailers and the ...
Aug 17, 2020, 6:19 pm - Lottery News forum
Maryland Lottery launches new Fast Play instant games
Includes video report
Starting Monday, Maryland Lottery players will be able to play a new category of instant game that doesn't require any scratching.
Fast Play games are instant tickets that you don't have to scratch. They are printed by Lottery terminals and self-service vending machines, just like draw game tickets. But you find out instantly if you've won no scratching and no drawings.
Five different Fast Play games will go on sale at all Maryland Lottery retailers on Feb. 10.
Feb 9, 2020, 9:47 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery launches new Fast Play Games
The Pennsylvania Lottery today launched Fast Play, a new type of games offering players the chance to win prizes without scratching the ticket or waiting for a drawing.
Fast Play launch is a milestone in the evolution of the Pennsylvania Lottery, said Executive Director Drew Svitko, noting that this is the Lottery's first entirely new game category introduced since scratch-off tickets premiered in 1975. The first draw game went on sale in March of 1972.
Fast Play games print on-demand fro ...
Feb 28, 2017, 12:46 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ Lottery officials still investigating cause of massive outage
The exact cause and circumstances of a five-day outage that blocked nearly half of New Jersey's lottery retailers from selling printed tickets like Pick 3 and Mega Millions earlier this month are still a mystery, but a few determinations are unanimous.
The blackout, although anomalous, was unacceptable, may have been detected sooner and should have been handled better, state officials and executives from Northstar New Jersey, the group responsible for the lottery's sales and marketing, said a ...
Aug 20, 2015, 8:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Vt. Lottery computer glitch creates extra winners
Linda Hebert says she didn't think twice when she purchased two nearly identical computer-generated Fast Play tickets at North End Deli Mart earlier this month.
They looked like winners to me, Hebert says of the twin Red Hot Numbers tickets that she has been patiently waiting for the Vermont Lottery Commission to honor since she bought them on her way to work Aug. 4.
Turns out Hebert's double win was not due to lady luck but a computer malfunction and she wasn't alone in winning that day. ...
Aug 24, 2010, 9:48 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia Lottery to award partial prizes for faulty game
Amounts to about 25% of full prize; some players disappointed
Lottery officials announced Thursday that people who had bought misprinted tickets for a recently added game that said they'd won will receive some compensation for the tickets.
According to a news release, they reached an agreement with its gaming services provider regarding the problem with the Fast Play Super 7's game. As a result, the Lottery, while not able to pay the expected prizes, is able to give some compensation to pl ...
Oct 31, 2008, 8:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Human error caused expensive Va. Lottery mistake
New Game Generated More Than 600 Winning Tickets
Debra and Raul Bennett are faithful lottery players, though in nearly 15 years of playing they never had won much more than pocket money.
So on Sunday, when the retired Hampton, Va., couple realized they had a winning ticket from the Virginia Lottery's brand-new Fast Play Super 7s game, they were ecstatic. Plans for spending the $7,777 the game's top prize came fast and furious.
But when the Bennetts went to the Hampton Virginia Lottery o ...
Oct 22, 2008, 6:44 pm - Lottery News forum
Virginia winners may have to pay for Lottery's mistake
Sometimes lotto luck lies underneath the surface of a scratch-off ticket. Sometimes it lies in the bounce of a ball. And sometimes it lies with the Virginia attorney general's office.
Hundreds of players thought they had struck gold when lottery terminals errantly spit out tickets that appeared to have won them as much as $7,777. Turns out it was a computer programming error, not lady luck.
Now the state's top lawyers will consult with the Virginia Lottery to decide whether the players get ...
Oct 21, 2008, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
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