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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Not to worry, lottery office says

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM

You may have read in the daily paper this morning that the lottery ticket being fought over in Circuit Court in Searcy was cast away because a scanner read the $1 million winner as a loser.

Now comes the Arkansas Lottery's interim director to say the scanners "are performing like clockwork." According to Julie Baldridge, "The ticket in question was scanned at the original retailer and at several other scanners in various locations, and each time it scanned properly." I called Baldridge to see why the testimony at trial was at odds with the lottery's findings, but wasn't able to reach her.

The case, being heard by Circuit Judge Thomas Hughes, hasn't wrapped up. Lawyers did not complete arguing their case today, and it will be continued to another time, the court clerk said.

Baldridge's letter is on the jump.

LOTTERY TICKET SCANNERS PERFORM LIKE CLOCKWORK


Little Rock (January 26, 2012) — Lottery ticket scanners are the little electronic machines sitting on the counter at more than 1,800 Arkansas Lottery Commission retailers all over the state. They “read” the bar codes on each ticket and their screens flash a message to you that says, “WINNER! FILE CLAIM FORM” or “SORRY NOT A WINNER” or other messages.

The Arkansas Lottery Commission is happy to confirm that these machines have been doing their job with no issues since the first tickets were sold on September 29, 2009.

It was reported today by various media that a Lottery scanner in Beebe had not functioned properly for a $1 Million winning ticket, according to one witness in a Searcy civil trial. In response to that testimony, the Lottery wants to assure our players and all Arkansans that in that case—and in quality-assurance testing conducted regularly and thoroughly—our ticket scanners have passed the test.

Here are the facts on the Beebe ticket:
Players at that Beebe retailer scanned tickets numerous times on the day the $1 Million ticket was sold, and each time the scanner worked perfectly;
The ticket in question was scanned at the original retailer and at several other scanners in various locations, and each time it scanned properly.

In short, the Arkansas Lottery’s ticket scanners are performing like clockwork.

For more information: Julie Baldridge, julie.baldridge@arkansas.gov, 501.683.1877


Julie Baldridge
Interim Director
Director, Public Affairs and Legislative Relations
Staff Liaison for the Arkansas Lottery Commission
P.O. Box 3238
Little Rock, AR 72203-3238
501-683-1877

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