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 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
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
N.J. lottery drawing games offline across the state over the weekend
Half of all lottery retailers across New Jersey were not been able to issue any tickets from Friday night through Monday as a result of a technical issue, a state Treasury spokesman confirmed Monday.
The problem was touched off by a scheduled system upgrade Friday, according to an email from Treasury spokesman Chris Santarelli.
The glitch interfered with retailer shops' ability to print out ticket for draw games, such as the Pick 3, Pick 4 and the Jersey Cash 5, and Cash4Life. Instant game ...
Aug 4, 2015, 7:47 am - Lottery News forum
Tonight's Ireland Lotto draw cancelled because of network failure
Tonight's Ireland Lotto jackpot may be 10 million but National Lottery machines around the country aren't keen on it being won they've been out of commission since this morning.
The Ireland National Lottery has now confirmed that tonight's draw has been cancelled.
In a statement, it said:
The National Lottery can confirm that there were technical problems this morning following a service outage related to the 3G telecommunications infrastructure provided by Telef nica. This incident af ...
Feb 4, 2015, 4:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Western Canada Lottery glitch causes ticket errors
The Western Canadian Lottery Corporation (WCLC) is advising customers to recheck their tickets following a system problem.
Officials said a delay in the draw results may mean that winning tickets weren't correctly identified.
They weren't released to the system until 10:35 yesterday morning. When normally they would be available as the retailors were opening their stores, WCLC stakeholder relations director, Amanda Marantz, explained.
Something that Gilles Caron found out the hard way. ...
Sep 22, 2013, 7:16 pm - Lottery News forum
COMPUTERIZED DRAWING GLITCH STRIKES ARIZONA LOTTERY
This is why computer ized drawings are bad
Undiscovered problem existed for 2 months some tickets had no chance of winning
The lottery had no idea until players started complaining
By Todd Northrop
Due to an error in the computerized drawing system for the Arizona Lottery Pick 3 game between June 10 and Aug. 3, replacement tickets are being offered to eligible people who purchased tickets during that time frame, according to a press release.
Pick 3 is an Arizona Lottery draw game ...
Aug 20, 2013, 9:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery player says scanner not accurate
One man's faith in the reliability of Florida's lottery system has been shaken after an odd incident.
It was around 8:30 p.m. the evening after a drawing. Robert Campisi, 48, a retired business owner and electrical contractor, was in the Exxon at 7624 Front Beach Road.
Campisi said he was engaged in an activity that is all too familiar to him. And like most of the time, as he scanned the Powerball and Quick Pick lottery tickets at the external scanner, an all too familiar message appeared ...
Sep 16, 2012, 3:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery glitch causes many duplicate Quick Pick tickets
Mary Ellen Reiter felt like she got one losing ticket for the price of two after discovering that eight sets of numbers on one Illinois Lottery quick-pick ticket that she bought matched eight sets of numbers on another.
I think that they should make it right, said Reiter, 52, of Evanston, who bought the duplicate tickets Sunday at a convenience store in the northern suburb. The way I figure, I should at least receive back $5 of free quick-picks.
About 3,000 tickets were similarly affecte ...
May 7, 2012, 12:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Four years after drawing fiasco, Tenn. Lottery settles with tech firms
The Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. has received nearly $1 million from a pair of technology companies it blamed for software glitches that resulted in the sale of about $2 million worth of unwinnable tickets in 2007.
(See Tennessee Lottery computerized drawings flawed since inception, Lottery Post, Aug. 21, 2007.)
The computer program that Smartplay International and Gaming Laboratories International came up with for games such as Cash 3 and Cash 4 was flawed and resulted in thousands o ...
Dec 17, 2011, 9:22 am - Lottery News forum