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Posted: February 3, 2010, 10:02 am - IP Logged

I hope several state lottery directors see this.  Their Web sites are really responding pitifully to recent events.

Believe me when I say I completely understand how adding a new game like Powerball or Mega Millions can cause ripple effects on a Web site, as you try to adjust for the changes.

But come on, you knew about this for months.  There was plenty of time to build and test the new functionality.

So many state lottery sites have been offline, responding poorly, and not showing the results in a timely manner.  Yet the state lotteries always remind people that the best source of information is their Web site.  Really?

As I write this, the entire New Jersey Lottery Web site is offline with a "Page not found" error.  Pathetic.

 

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    Posted: February 3, 2010, 10:07 am - IP Logged

    I hope several state lottery directors see this.  Their Web sites are really responding pitifully to recent events.

    Believe me when I say I completely understand how adding a new game like Powerball or Mega Millions can cause ripple effects on a Web site, as you try to adjust for the changes.

    But come on, you knew about this for months.  There was plenty of time to build and test the new functionality.

    So many state lottery sites have been offline, responding poorly, and not showing the results in a timely manner.  Yet the state lotteries always remind people that the best source of information is their Web site.  Really?

    As I write this, the entire New Jersey Lottery Web site is offline with a "Page not found" error.  Pathetic.

    Thanks Todd, for letting us know the reasons. So that is why the resultd take so long to be seen.

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      Posted: February 3, 2010, 10:12 am - IP Logged

      You should write to them and give them some advice on how to run a website. If I'm correct, I remember you saying that you're a computer consultant.

      With all that money coming in, you'd think adequate allocation of some of those monies would be focused on hiring proper techs.

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        Posted: February 3, 2010, 10:36 am - IP Logged

        You should write to them and give them some advice on how to run a website. If I'm correct, I remember you saying that you're a computer consultant.

        With all that money coming in, you'd think adequate allocation of some of those monies would be focused on hiring proper techs.

        Amen!!!I Agree! Wholeheartedly!!!!

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          Posted: February 3, 2010, 10:36 am - IP Logged

          I can't see anything wrong with the Ky lottery site..Only thing that went wrong is they coulden't show the draw on TV for Mega Millions tuesday night?..

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            Posted: February 3, 2010, 10:40 am - IP Logged

            Michigan can't give past drawing results for powerball. had to come here , which is what everyone should do. Thank you Todd, you do the job right the first time.

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              Posted: February 3, 2010, 11:08 am - IP Logged

              I can't see anything wrong with the Ky lottery site..Only thing that went wrong is they coulden't show the draw on TV for Mega Millions tuesday night?..

              Every single one of the new Mega Millions states failed to show the Mega Millions results for at least 45 minutes after the drawing.    Including Kentucky.   Very bad.

               

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                Posted: February 3, 2010, 11:08 am - IP Logged

                The lumbering, behemoth, three toed sloth of government bureaucracy springs into action once again with all the speed and efficiency we have come to expect.

                They came, they saw, they cluster<snip>ed.

                They may be slow and inefficient and unsuited and ill-equipped for their jobs but at least they're well paid. We can take pride in that. That and the fact that at some point they will likely be appointed to higher positions in government, gives us hope that they may accidentally be replaced by appointees who actually know what the hell they're doing.

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                  Posted: February 3, 2010, 11:13 am - IP Logged

                  Todd

                  Yous are so corrrect! Ga local results have not been updated in 2 days. I sent them an email!

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                    Posted: February 3, 2010, 11:18 am - IP Logged

                    You should write to them and give them some advice on how to run a website. If I'm correct, I remember you saying that you're a computer consultant.

                    With all that money coming in, you'd think adequate allocation of some of those monies would be focused on hiring proper techs.

                    I've tried that in the past.  These government lottery agencies don't want to hire small independent business owners.  They want to only hire huge, uselessly expensive agencies -- which end up doing the type of job a huge agency would typically do (mediocre).  

                    Think of the lotteries like any government agency.  The employees are not rewarded for risk-taking.  They cover their butts at every decision point, which is why they only hire big, expensive companies to work for them.

                    I do wish one state lottery would hire me to show them how to do it, but I doubt they ever will.

                     

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                      Posted: February 3, 2010, 11:27 am - IP Logged

                      lol our state lotto once put a flash banner add at the top to  look like their recent tv ad campaign.

                      loading went from un noticable to 1 min.,

                      I had to email them saying it had increased loading time significantly, and although ran on a hard drive looks nice to them  at their swanky presentation, on an office pc us poor people out in the real world  with slow internet have to wait a min to load the results page. anyhow the animation went and a static .gif file finally replaced it. man it prob had music too.

                      people dont want flashy artsy  lotto pages, they want a QUICK LOADING ONE where its easy to navigate and grab your info and leave.

                       

                      oh and tks for the site todd.

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                        Posted: February 3, 2010, 11:29 am - IP Logged

                        I hope several state lottery directors see this.  Their Web sites are really responding pitifully to recent events.

                        Believe me when I say I completely understand how adding a new game like Powerball or Mega Millions can cause ripple effects on a Web site, as you try to adjust for the changes.

                        But come on, you knew about this for months.  There was plenty of time to build and test the new functionality.

                        So many state lottery sites have been offline, responding poorly, and not showing the results in a timely manner.  Yet the state lotteries always remind people that the best source of information is their Web site.  Really?

                        As I write this, the entire New Jersey Lottery Web site is offline with a "Page not found" error.  Pathetic.

                        Perhaps a better response from these websites would have been....."For information please go to Lottery Post.com"

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                          Posted: February 3, 2010, 11:42 am - IP Logged

                          Every single one of the new Mega Millions states failed to show the Mega Millions results for at least 45 minutes after the drawing.    Including Kentucky.   Very bad.

                          I diden't put the TV and lottery site together..The site is ok but not showing it on TV was bad and thought you just meant the site..I get mixed up easy..

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                            Posted: February 3, 2010, 8:08 pm - IP Logged

                            On a related, although different, note, I am getting very ticked off with the Caribbean Lottery. They have not been posting any previous results since December 2. I e-mailed them at the end of December and they still have not done anything.

                            Today's winning 3-ball is going to be a number between 000 and 999.

                            In a lot of states, lotteries benefit education. That makes the REAL winners the only people who can't play!

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                              Posted: February 3, 2010, 8:52 pm - IP Logged

                              Ok, I see now I guess I will have to go find another website that will show them.

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