Irish lottery site and ticket machines hit by DDoS attack
Customers trying to buy tickets for the 12 million (US$13 million) Ireland Lotto draw found themselves unable to do so for nearly two hours.
The jackpot was the largest in 18 months.
Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI), the Lottery's operator, has said the incident is under investigation.
During a DDoS attack, a website or online service's capacity to handle internet traffic is overloaded usually by automated programs set to flood the site with requests.
The attack began at 11:21 GMT on ...
Jan 21, 2016, 4:11 pm - Lottery News forum
California Lottery officials seized surveillance footage from store that sold Powerball ticket
Whoever bought the winning Powerball ticket from a Chino Hills, California, 7-Eleven remains a mystery, even to the store's owner.
Balbir Atwal, who made national news last week when the public learned that his store had sold one of the jackpot-winning tickets, said he has no idea who the winner is.
And he can't even look it up. Lottery officials seized the store's security camera footage and other materials that could contain clues about the winner's identity. California Lottery spokesman ...
Jan 20, 2016, 6:14 pm - Lottery News forum
WATCH: Buddhist monk fights back after getting robbed buying lottery tickets
Includes video report
Police are searching for a man who was caught on video robbing a Buddhist monk as he bought lottery tickets in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, convenience store.
Police said the 61-year-old monk was at a Sunoco gas station store on South Broad Street buying lottery tickets from a machine on Jan. 3 when an unidentified black male snatched $350 in cash from the monk's hands and ran out of the door.
The monk is then seen on video chasing the man into the gas station pa ...
Jan 12, 2016, 11:05 am - Lottery News forum
Florida lawmakers move to allow lottery sales as gas pumps, ATMs
Florida legislators are moving forward with a bill that would allow lottery tickets to be sold anywhere you can swipe a credit card, including gas pumps and ATMs.
Under this bill, you could get your Powerball, Mega Millions and Florida Lotto tickets at the gas pump, said the bill's sponsor, State Rep. Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo). It will generate new money for education without expenditure of taxpayer dollars.
As expected, any attempted change in lottery laws brings out the anti-gamblin ...
Nov 18, 2015, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
Suspended CT lottery game had too many winners
The Connecticut Lottery and state Department of Consumer Protection shut down the 5 Card Cash game after noticing there were more winners than the game's parameters should have allowed, and determining that some lottery agents were manipulating machines to print more winning tickets and fewer losers.
The investigation is ongoing, Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris said Friday afternoon, but lottery retailers found to have cheated could face criminal charges.
Loss of license ...
Nov 13, 2015, 10:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut Lottery suspends 5 Card Cash sales after retailers found cheating
Game sales should resume next week
Includes video report
The Connecticut Lottery has halted the sales and payouts for its 5 Card Cash game after it learned some retailers might have been cheating the system.
According to Connecticut Lottery officials, some retailers might have intentionally manipulated the reporting mechanism on the lottery terminals for their own personal gain. Officials did not say which retailers or exactly how the terminals were being manipulated.
The game was su ...
Nov 13, 2015, 10:26 am - Lottery News forum
NJ Gov. vetoes bill that would allow lottery ticket home delivery
New Jerseyans won't be able to have lottery tickets delivered to their door any time soon.
Gov. Chris Christie on Monday vetoed a bill that would have allowed the operation of lottery courier services in the state.
Under the measure, the services would have been able to collect a fee and redeem tickets for customers, but they would not have been allowed to take a portion of any winnings. (See Lottery tickets could soon be delivered to your home in N.J., Lottery Post, Mar. 3, 2015.)
Nov 10, 2015, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
California Lottery computer glitch shuts down terminals
It's an unlucky day for the California Lottery.
A computer glitch on Monday shut down lottery terminals around the state, preventing players from getting numbers for Powerball and other games. Only the scratch-off tickets were still being sold.
Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso says there was a loss of signal that prevented the terminals from connecting to the system that generates the numbers.
Traverso says about 350 out of 22,000 stores were affected, some for as long as five hours, but ...
Nov 10, 2015, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum
One in hospital, one in jail after lottery ticket fight
One man is in the hospital and a second is in jail Monday after an argument over lottery tickets at a San Francisco, California, market turned violent.
The incident happened at about 3:50 p.m. Friday at Bernal Heights Market near 30th and Mission streets in the Mission District.
The dispute involved the suspect, a man wearing a blue cap, who allegedly attacked the victim, who can be seen in surveillance video wearing a black jacket with an orange shirt underneath.
Minutes later, they g ...
Nov 10, 2015, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland's No. 1 lottery retailer revealed
The regulars at the Soda Pop Shop Mart had heard the story before how Bill Jenkins accidentally played the same set of Keno numbers twice in 2012, leaving him with two $10,000 winning tickets instead of one.
So there were knowing smiles inside the Catonsville convenience store last week as the retired truck driver recounted how the terminal initially seemed to reject the first $10 ticket, prompting him to select the eight charmed numbers again.
And he ain't won $15 since! another player s ...
Sep 8, 2015, 7:27 am - Lottery News forum