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Canada's new online gambling website may have been hacked
PlayNow may have compromised users' personal information, opposition party says British Columbians' personal information may have been compromised when the government's online gambling website, PlayNow.com, crashed last week, according to the New Democratic Party. PlayNow, the first government-sanctioned online casino in North America, was shut down only hours after it was launched last Thursday. The B.C Lottery Corp. said unexpectedly high traffic caused the server to crash, so it had ...
Jul 20, 2010, 9:59 am - Lottery News forum

High demand crashes B.C. gambling website
First-ever government-run online casino in North America The British Columbia Lottery Corporation's expanded online gambling website PlayNow.com crashed hours after its launch Thursday due to overwhelming popular demand, an official says. Michael Graydon, president of the corporation, said the casino site saw so much traffic it had to be closed for maintenance. It's been an overwhelming success with people in British Columbia to the point where we hit 100 per cent capacity in the first ...
Jul 17, 2010, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum

Computer glitch takes down Penn. Lottery terminals
Pennsylvania Lottery officials said they've fixed a computer glitch that took down game terminals across the state for more than seven hours Thursday. Lottery officials in Harrisburg told local media that the machines always shut down overnight, and come back online at about 5:30 a.m., but that didn't happen Thursday morning. Officials said that a computer network problem affecting terminal-based games and ticket validation functions lasted until about noon. Lottery officials s ...
Jul 9, 2010, 1:01 pm - Lottery News forum

Computerized lottery drawings not problem-free
MUSL director Strutt says Small group of players don't like them Passailaigue says players superstitious, spooked by changes in draw format Arkansas lottery officials say their decision to use a computer to generate winning numbers when lottery games start this fall makes economic sense, but the use of computerized drawings by lotteries in other states has not been free of problems. In July 2007, the Tennessee Education Lottery moved to save costs by doing away with its televised drawi ...
Aug 10, 2009, 9:22 am - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery drawings inspire confidence
Contrasted to the Arkansas Lottery decision last week to hide their drawings inside a computer, Texas has a model approach Stephanie Guidry and Mickey Roberts didn't have much else to do, so they stopped in front of the Texas Lottery Commission offices to watch the winning numbers be drawn. And because she and boyfriend Mickey Roberts had nothing pressing against their schedule from 10:09 to 10:13 on a weeknight, she stayed for the adventure. Even though they did not purchase a lottery ...
Aug 2, 2009, 1:21 pm - Lottery News forum

Ohio Lottery operator switch has some glitches
A new company began running the Ohio Lottery's computer system on Wednesday, causing frustrating problems for some retailers and leaving some winning tickets incorrectly coming up as losers. Lottery spokeswoman Marie Kilbane said the problems were being worked out. What we saw early were mostly common problems we had predicted, such as some calls from retailers who had forgotten sign-on passwords. But overall, selling has been going well, Kilbane said. The Ohio Lottery decided last yea ...
Jul 1, 2009, 7:41 pm - Lottery News forum

Colo. Lottery apologizes for $100 e-mail
You did not NOT win $100. Go back to jail. Luxury Tax (Pay $100). For people who subscribe to the Colorado Lottery's MyLottery online site, Tuesday was like a bad roll of Monopoly dice. On Tuesday, the Colorado Lottery sent out 3,700 e-mails to MyLottery subscribers telling them they had won $100. Thank you for taking the time and providing us with your feedback on potential drawing games, the e-mail read. Your opinions are important to us. Congratulations! You are a winner. You h ...
Jun 13, 2009, 8:19 am - Lottery News forum

Players can get credit for Iowa lottery error
The Iowa Lottery says it will pay qualified players after an operator error on its computer system vendor interrupted its Big Beepin' Deal promotion. Officials say any player who made a qualifying purchase on Sunday, Monday and part of Tuesday can receive a $20 bonus by mailing the ticket to the lottery. Officials say the error prevented the promotion from running for a time. The Big Beepin' Deal began May 3. For every 20th purchase statewide of a $10 Powerball with a Power Play option, ...
May 27, 2009, 10:53 am - Lottery News forum

New Michigan lottery terminals are giving retailers fits
Numerous glitches have popped up on the touch-screen devices that use satellite technology The new generation of Michigan Lottery machines is giving some retailers fits as the devices sometimes go on the blink in this winter's harsh weather. The state began replacing 11,000 older model machines last fall, and the conversion should be completed by month's end. But unlike the old system, which used phone lines, the new one relies on satellite technology. In snowy, windy weather, the ne ...
Jan 16, 2009, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum

National Lottery computer fiasco cost winner £800,000
A systems failure at the lottery operator Camelot caused terminals in shops to crash as they tried to issue tickets for the main Lotto draw and even halted Internet sales. The dramatic reduction in takings for the post-Christmas draw caused the jackpot to be trimmed from the 4.2 million (US$6.1 million) estimated on Christmas Eve to 3.4m (US$5m). Camelot apologized publicly after the problem which may also have prevented a potential jackpot winner from buying a ticket. A single player w ...
Dec 29, 2008, 9:54 am - Lottery News forum