How online gamblers unmasked cheaters
In the wild, wild west, when a poker player was caught cheating it was a capital offense, with the punishment quickly dispensed right across the card table. But today if you're caught cheating in the popular and lucrative world of Internet poker, you may get away scot-free.
At least that seems to be what is happening in the biggest scandal in the history of online gambling. A small group of people managed to cheat players out of more than $20 million.
And it would have gone undetected if i ...
Dec 1, 2008, 2:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Wisconsin Lottery does not make vendor pay for mistakes
The Wisconsin Lottery has repeatedly declined to seek the maximum amount of damages allowed against a contractor whose technical failures have disrupted ticket sales and operations, records show.
The Lottery has contracted with GTECH Corp. since 1989 to operate its ticket system, including 3,200 terminals at retailers statewide and a related telecommunications network. Under the contract, the Lottery can assess damages when its telecommunications systems fail or tickets cannot be validated.
Nov 28, 2008, 9:28 am - Lottery News forum
Programming errors cause S.C. Lottery payout problems
Software bugs discovered in new system
The executive director of the South Carolina Lottery apologized to players Wednesday, a week after software glitches caused some lottery tickets to not be paid correctly.
Ernie Passailaigue, who heads the lottery, said a myriad of problems surfaced last week but have since been fixed. He said the problems stem from the installation of a new software system.
Some game tickets from the lottery's former game contractor didn't scan properly, he said, a ...
Nov 14, 2008, 9:42 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
Kansas Lottery officials mull GTECH systems failure
Kansas Lottery officials already had more than their hands full with the selection of gaming license applicants for their four casinos so they really didn't need another problem.
But, there it is: a casino data systems failure from GTECH, the Providence-RI-based firm that manages the state's lottery activities.
It was defective software, pure and simple, said Ed Van Petten, lottery executive director, in describing the systems failure. GTECH, a former publicly-traded American company, was ...
Jul 15, 2008, 11:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Software error stalls validation of some winning D.C. lottery tickets
Glitch delayed winnings for several dozen ticketholders; cause still sought
A mysterious software bug in 17 lottery machines used by the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board in Washington left several dozen winning instant ticketholders unable to immediately cash their prize tickets last week.
The problem, according to Jay Young, chief operating officer of the lottery board, was tracked to the proprietary software that validates instant tickets with winning numbers, but the exac ...
May 9, 2008, 8:46 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery computerized drawings under suspicion again
Lottery draws same numbers 3 days in a row; same thing happened last month
When will the Tenn. Lottery dump the computer draws?
Seven was a lucky number for Tennessee lottery players last week. A very, very, very lucky number.
For three consecutive days, the winning ticket in the Cash 3 drawing was some combination of two sevens and a zero. Thursday, the winning Cash 3 number at midday was 0-7-7. Friday, the winning midday number was 7-0-7. And Saturday evening, the winning number was a ...
Apr 8, 2008, 8:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery a step closer to restoring real drawings
A Tennessee House panel has advanced a proposal to require the state lottery to abandon computerized drawings for its games.
House Minority Leader Jason Mumpower, a Bristol Republican, says he sponsored the manual drawings measure in response to a loss in consumer confidence following a computer programming error last year.
The glitch prevented duplicate numbers to be drawn for nearly a month.
Lottery officials estimate it would cost about $5 million a year to return to drawing numbered ...
Apr 2, 2008, 11:02 pm - Lottery News forum