SC Lottery will set aside $19.6 million for potential payouts to cover glitch
The South Carolina lottery will set aside $19.6 million to cover potential claims while it continues to investigate a Christmas Day glitch that affected Holiday Cash Add-A-Play tickets.
The S.C. Education Lottery Commission met behind closed doors Friday and decided to set aside the money for potential payouts while continuing to investigate a programming glitch that produced erroneous tickets on Christmas Day.
The S.C. Education Lottery's computer system vendor, Intralot, experienced a pr ...
Dec 30, 2017, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
SC Lottery not paying winnings on game because of 'programming error'
People who believed they were big winners in a simple South Carolina Education Lottery game over the Christmas holiday were angry to discover that they won't actually win anything.
That's because a computer glitch awarded many would-be lucky lottery winners thousands of dollars through the Holiday Cash game.
From 5:51 to 7:53 p.m. on Christmas Day, the same play symbol was repeated in all nine available play areas on tickets which would result in a top prize of $500, according to the South ...
Dec 27, 2017, 12:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Hacker crashes Belize lottery machines countrywide
On Sunday, lottery buyers throughout the country of Belize, except for only two locations in Belize City, were unable to purchase their favorite numbers for that morning's draw because someone hacked into the computer system which controls the printing of lottery tickets, shutting down the entire system.
Karil Wallace, public relations officer for Brads, (Kim Jen Chee), which administrates the lottery explained that the system was the victim of a malicious attack, and in the process, our prin ...
Dec 1, 2017, 7:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery terminal that sold biggest winning ticket to go on tour
By Todd Northrop
The Massachusetts Lottery terminal that sold the largest winning lottery ticket ever claimed by a single winner is now on display.
Lottery officials are housing the now-famous terminal at the agency's Braintree headquarters.
In August, a $758.7 million Powerball jackpot the second-largest lottery jackpot in world history was won by a single lottery ticket sold in the state of Massachusetts.
The next morning, Mavis Wanczyk, who purchased the ticket at Pride Station in ...
Nov 1, 2017, 8:34 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia Lottery wasn't quite ready for Mega Millions game changes
Lottery says 182 tickets have no chance of winning but may be as high as 628
UPDATE: Now includes exact number of invalid plays and possible invalid plays, corrects claim period for refunds
By Todd Northrop
If you buy a Mega Millions ticket, you normally have a 0.00000033 percent chance of winning the big jackpot. But at least 182 tickets were sold in Virginia on Friday that have a 0 percent chance of winning and there may be up to 628 plays with no chance, depending on the numbers draw ...
Oct 31, 2017, 9:20 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery ticket sales outage caused by severed fiber lines
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery experienced an outage Friday, July 21, which affected the sale of draw game tickets.
The outage began after a work crew severed two fiber lines near the North Shore Business Park in Little Rock.
The system was amended by around 11:00 p.m. the evening of July 21st for about 90 percent of stores, according to a press release from the lottery.
However, there were still more than 100 retailers having problems with their systems over the weekend, affecting t ...
Jul 24, 2017, 10:01 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery vending machines considered in Kansas
Kansas lawmakers are mulling over the possibility of legalizing lottery vending machines as a means to fund the state's struggling mental health system. Such machines are used in 37 other lottery states.
The idea, floated by Rep. Chuck Weber, R-Wichita, is expected to increase funding to mental health services by $12 million over two years. Kansas has been under extreme budget stress the past few years as it looks for new ways to fund state programs. The recession and budget cuts resulted in ...
May 9, 2017, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum
CT Lottery ignored warnings that game was vulnerable to fraud, investigation finds
Connecticut Lottery officials knew in January of 2015 that there was a way for retailers to illegally access the numbers of the 5 Card Cash game on their computer screens and manipulate tickets but waited 10 months to notify the Department of Consumer Protection that fraud was occurring.
At a legislative hearing Tuesday morning Connecticut Lottery Corp.'s chairman and acting president, Frank Farricker, acknowledged that lottery officials put revenues over security issues concerning the game, ...
May 2, 2017, 4:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Vermont paying $8,000 per month on unused lottery machines
Since last June, 25 lottery machines leased by the state of Vermont have gathered cobwebs in storage unplugged and unused at a cost of $8,000 a month.
That means the state has paid $72,000 in fees for nothing. And the tab is still mounting. Neither the governor nor legislators were happy to hear about the losing proposition.
I don't like that we're wasting money and having these machines sit idly, Gov. Phil Scott said Tuesday. His staff learned about the situation in February while workin ...
Apr 27, 2017, 2:37 pm - Lottery News forum
New Mexico's gas pump lottery sales face legal hurdle
The Play at the Pump pilot program is facing a legal test regarding how New Mexico customers purchase their Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets.
As Lottery Post reported last week, consumers can now purchase New Mexico lottery tickets at some gas pumps without having to enter a store. However, the New Mexico House and Ways Committee subsequently objected that state law allows for the purchase of lottery tickets by only cash and checks, not debit cards as used at the pump, and attempts ...
Aug 9, 2016, 10:40 am - Lottery News forum