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Computer glitch freezes lottery payouts

Posted August 3, 2009

The North Carolina Education Lottery was unable to issue checks to winners for about an hour Monday afternoon, after a computer glitch locked up computers, a spokeswoman said.

Lottery employees use the computer system to verify winning tickets and print the checks. Spokeswoman Alice Garland said the computers went offline at about 4 p.m. Monday. The system was back up, and checks were being issued, before the lottery office closed at 5 p.m.

Garland said winners can also have their check mailed to them.


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  • NCStatePack Aug 4, 2009

    Are you suggesting the govment didn't pay the electric bill, causing the computers to "glitch" for an hour?

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Aug 4, 2009

    if you cant wait an hour to get a check then you have some serious issues

  • Nunya123 Aug 3, 2009

    Why is this even news? Those that play don't have computers to comment on this. They probably pawned them to buy tickets.

  • Caveman93 Aug 3, 2009

    Hrmmm...right a "glitch". Let's just say we're broke and get it over with. I have glitches all the time when I cannot afford to pay my bills too.