South Carolina officials deemed players' lottery winnings invalid. (Fox Carolina) South Carolina residents who appeared to have won some money on the state’s Christmas-themed lottery game discovered Wednesday that they will not be getting their winnings after all. Lottery officials determined that there had been a glitch in the system and the state will not be paying for numerous tickets that they believe suffered a printing error, according to FOX Carolina. The tickets gave players the chance to win up to $500 if they matched Christmas-themed symbols in a tic-tac-toe game, according to the station. However, officials said the same symbol was repeated in nine different areas on the ticket, giving the player a $500 win, officials said. Officials said more than 70,000 erroneous tickets were printed. Those who bought tickets between 5:51 p.m. and 7:53 p.m. on Christmas Day would be the only players who will be reimbursed, officials said. “Regrettably, these errors … [Read more...] about South Carolina lottery glitch leaves winners empty-handed
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index U.S. Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByJacey Fortin May 31, 2018 Thousands of lottery players in South Carolina thought Christmas was their lucky day. Starting at 5:51 p.m. last Dec. 25, gas stations and convenience stores across the state dispensed a steady stream of what appeared to be winning tickets. Some customers caught on to the anomaly and bought as many as they could. Nicole Coggins, 36, of Liberty, S.C., was one of them. “We figured we’d buy a reliable vehicle and take the kids to Disneyland,” she said, adding that she and a few other family members kept playing the game until they amassed what they thought were thousands of dollars in winnings. But Ms. Coggins was not able to cash in. The state suspended the game after two hours, at 7:53 p.m., and in a statement two days later, the South Carolina Education Lottery said its … [Read more...] about Lottery Wins on Christmas Were a Glitch, So South Carolina Won’t Pay
COLUMBIA — Nelson Bobo and his son thought they won $7,000 playing a South Carolina holiday lottery game, but state officials played Scrooge and put their tickets in limbo as part of a $35.5 million glitch.Five months later there are no answers on what happened or whether the state will pay out. But the Bobos question the official explanation.Over two hours on Christmas Day, everyone who played Holiday Cash Add-A-Play won, lottery Director Hogan Brown said in February. All 42,000 tickets printed during that time for a game that "plays like a child's tic-tac-toe" contained Christmas trees on all nine squares, instead of the maximum five that are supposed to be printed, Brown said.But three of the 17 tickets Nelson Bobo and his son bought at Charleston gas stations during that two-hour window weren't winners. Those time-stamped tickets, shown to The Post and Courier, had five Christmas trees each, none in a lineup needed to win. How many others got losing tickets over … [Read more...] about South Carolina lottery players question official explanation for 42,000 winning tickets
When Mercedes-Benz Vans was getting ready to ramp up its South Carolina workforce with nearly 1,300 new employees, the German vehicle maker knew it had to do something big.So it changed its name.Its previous moniker, Daimler Vans Manufacturing, didn't have the name recognition or cachet of the parent company's Mercedes-Benz automobiles, explained Michael Balke, president and CEO.That's how, in 2016, Mercedes-Benz Vans was born."We needed to attract people to work for us," Balke said of the notion that more people would apply for jobs with a brand name they've heard of.So far, the strategy has had mixed results. Office jobs and management positions have filled with ease. Workers for the more technical jobs in the manufacturer's body, paint and assembly shops in North Charleston are harder to find.And it's not just Mercedes-Benz Vans."We have 60,000 jobs out there looking for people," Gov. Henry McMaster told business leaders during a South Carolina Chamber of Commerce forum in … [Read more...] about Here’s why thousands of good-paying jobs go unfilled in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina lottery officials say they may have to pay out nearly twice in prizes as much as they expected because of a Christmas Day glitch. The South Carolina Education Lottery Commission announced at Tuesday's meeting that it may owe more than $35 million after everyone who bought Holiday Cash Add-A-Play was a winner for two hours on Dec. 25. They earlier announced about $19 million in prizes. The lottery wants a full investigation before deciding whether to pay the winners. Board members were told the company that ran the game, Intralot, only agreed Tuesday to an independent investigation. The $1-a-play game generated trees on a tic-tac-toe grid paying up to $500 when someone gets three in a line. Lottery officials say trees were being printed in all nine slots. … [Read more...] about South Carolina may owe double in Christmas lottery glitch
Rebecca Harrington, provided by Published 11:18 am, Sunday, December 31, 2017 A computer glitched in a lottery game in South Carolina on Christmas Day for two hours. Many people noticed and bought multiple $500 winning tickets. The lottery decided to set aside $19.6 million to possibly give to holders of the mistaken winning tickets. People caught on and bought multiple tickets. One woman, Nicole Coggins, told local NBC affiliate WYFF News 4 that she and her mother-in-law spent $100 playing the game at multiple locations and won $18,000. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Well-known San Antonio cook gunned down on his front porch, suspect at large mysa Man found dead in rollover wreck at busy S.A. intersection mysa Young ukeleleist writes songs of comfort premiummysa Woman killed in fiery rollover crash on U.S. 281 mysa Video of San Antonio dad's Christmas hover board accident goes viral on social media mysa Summers enjoying trip home … [Read more...] about A computer glitch on Christmas could give mistaken winners in the South Carolina lottery almost $20 million
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A Christmas Day lottery glitch in South Carolina has left officials trying to determine how to deal with hundreds of unexpected winners. The Holiday Cash Add-A-Play game generates trees on a tic-tac-toe grid paying up to $500 when someone gets three in a line. Lottery officials say that, for two hours Monday, trees were being printed in all nine grids, giving all players who paid $1 the maximum prize. In all, $19.6 million was won. But when players went to cash their tickets, the computer wouldn't pay. Dozens came Wednesday to the lottery's office in Columbia. The South Carolina Education Lottery commission voted Friday to set aside the money to possibly pay all winners but also to investigate Intralot, the company that ran the game, and get legal advice. … [Read more...] about Glitch that stole Christmas: South Carolina lottery makes everyone a winner
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina lottery officials have called an emergency meeting to discuss a computer glitch that mistakenly left some playing a holiday game with what looked like winning tickets, but yielded no payouts.The South Carolina Education Lottery commission planned to hold a meeting Friday afternoon to discuss the fallout from the Holiday Cash Add-A-Play came.Lottery officials say computer vendor Intralot had a programming error on Christmas Day. The problem meant that more people playing the 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. Officials say anyone who bought a Holiday Cash Add-A-Play ticket on Monday between 5:51 p.m. and 7:53 p.m. should hold onto it. … [Read more...] about S. Carolina lottery meeting to discuss holiday game glitch
For a few illusory hours Monday, Nicole Coggins believed in Christmas miracles. She had a gut feeling about buying a lottery ticket — something she rarely does — and won $500. She called her friends and family to share the good news and then, to test her luck, bought another Holiday Cash ticket. She won again. Then for a third time, and a fourth. “So I thought, ‘Well, maybe there’s something wrong with this machine. This can’t be real,” she told WYFF News 4. So she drove to two other gas stations in her South Carolina town, bought tickets and kept winning. She called her mother-in-law and told her to start playing, and together they racked up almost $18,000. Coggins, in a spell of happiness, told her children she would take them to Disney World. But then, when Coggins went to cash out her tickets, she was told the tickets were invalid. [ This grandfather found his $24 million lottery ticket just before it expired ] A … [Read more...] about These South Carolina residents thought they won big in the lottery. The discovery of a glitch brought them back to reality.
For a few illusory hours Monday, Nicole Coggins believed in Christmas miracles. She had a gut feeling about buying a lottery ticket — something she rarely does — and won $500. She called her friends and family to share the good news and then, to test her luck, bought another Holiday Cash ticket. She won again. Then for a third time, and a fourth. “So I thought, ‘Well, maybe there’s something wrong with this machine. This can’t be real,” she told WYFF News 4. So she drove to two other gas stations in her South Carolina town, bought tickets and kept winning. She called her mother-in-law and told her to start playing, and together they racked up almost $18,000. Coggins, in a spell of happiness, told her children she would take them to Disney World. But then, when Coggins went to cash out her tickets, she was told that the tickets were invalid. [ This grandfather found his $24 million lottery ticket just before it expired ] A … [Read more...] about These South Carolina residents thought they won the lottery. Discovery of a glitch brought them back to reality.