BC Lottery software glitch results in over a million dollar payout

A software glitch has resulted in the BC Lottery Corporation awarding nine gamblers more than one million dollars. The problem occurred in the Wizard of Odds slot machine game and caused an error message to be displayed, rather than players being notified when they had won the progressive jackpot. The glitch also appears to be localized and restricted only to PlayNow.com. A progressive jackpot is a pool of money that increases in amount every time it is not won.
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Lasting for nearly a year, from July 2014 to June 2015, the problem resulted in winnings of $1,088,120 not being distributed.

A review of the problem also showed that only those who placed a bet at least a dollar larger than their previous bet were qualified for the progressive jackpot, which was in violation of the game rules.

B. C. Lottery Corp's spokesperson Susan Dolinski said that the game was removed from the PlayNow.com sight on July 10, 2015 and a review determined that nine players had won the progressive jackpot during the eleven month error period with total winnings of almost 1.1 million dollars. She also said that those who had won money during that period would keep their winnings and those who had experienced a loss within the same time frame would be reimbursed.

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