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
Man to sue Austrian casino after $57 million jackpot denied
A gambler who thought he had won 37 million (US$57 million) on a slot machine has been offered a free meal and 60 (US$93) instead, after casino bosses said the jackpot was due to a software error .
Behar Merlaku, 26, played the winning machine at a casino in Bregenz, Austria.
Despite only getting four of the slot machine's five required matches, Mr. Merlaku was told he had won the massive jackpot complete with a winning bell and flashing screen.
However when he went to claim his prize, ...
Dec 14, 2011, 9:38 am - Lottery News forum
Atlantic Lottery Web site suffers three-day outage
The Atlantic Lottery Corp. website was down for a third day as technicians worked behind the scenes to do an upgrade on the site, widely used by lottery players to check winning ticket numbers or play games.
The Atlantic Lottery includes the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
The site was to have been functional by Tuesday night but was still down early Thursday morning.
Spokeswoman Sarah McBeath said the upgrades were taki ...
Jan 20, 2011, 12:09 pm - Lottery News forum