Lottery Machines Made Everyone A Winner

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The lottery tickets appeared early in the evening on December 25, like a Christmas miracle. For just over two hours, lottery terminals at petrol stations and shops in South Carolina spat out a constant stream of winning tickets, worth $500 each, until officials noticed the glitch and halted all sales.

By then players of the South Carolina Education Lottery, many of them going from one petrol station to the next, had won the equivalent of $19.6 million.

None has yet been paid, but the state’s board of commissioners has set $19.6 million aside while “legal research and investigation” continues and it seeks “further co-operation” from the company that makes the terminals. The rules of the game, laid out online, offer guidance on when winners may…

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