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South Carolina lottery glitch blamed for false wins

Posted December 27, 2017 2:36 p.m. EST
Updated December 27, 2017 10:27 p.m. EST

SC Education Lottery

— ​South Carolina officials say a computer glitch mistakenly left some people playing a holiday game with what looked like winning tickets.

The South Carolina Education Lottery says its computer vendor Intralot had a programming error on Christmas Day. The problem means that more people playing the Holiday Cash Add-A-Play terminal-generated game won the top prize of $500 than should have been allowed.

People holding winning tickets say they got error messages when trying to claim their prizes.

Lottery officials say they're reviewing the problem.

In a statement posted to their website, state lottery officials said they took action after learning about the issue.

"As soon as the issue was identified, the Add-A-Play game was suspended immediately to conduct a thorough investigation," officials said in a written statement. "Instant (scratch) tickets and all other lottery games were not affected by this error."

Officials said customers who purchased a Holiday Cash Add-A-Play ticket on Monday between 5:51 p.m. and 7:53 p.m. should retain it until after the lottery probe into the malfunction has concluded."