A NUMBER of lucky lottery players mistakenly won Powerball prizes after an error listed the incorrect winning numbers.
The Iowa Lottery scrambled to fix the “human error” that saw early risers wrongly collect prizes on Tuesday morning.
On Monday’s Powerball drawing, no one became a millionaire but many saw their bank balance increase by up to $50,000.
However, according to the Iowa Lottery, its “redundant reporting procedures failed after the drawing” and the incorrect numbers were on its site for a number of hours before the mistake was realized.
“Human error temporarily delayed Iowa results in Monday’s Powerball drawing,” the organization said on X, formerly Twitter.
During this time, people claimed their prizes per the numbers given by the organization.
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“As part of the Iowa Lottery’s procedures, two different people in two different locations both enter the results from lotto drawings before they are officially recorded on the lottery’s statewide gaming system,” the lottery explained.
“But when the winning numbers from Monday’s Powerball drawing were being inputted, some of the numbers were mistakenly entered incorrectly.
“The mistake initially caused the lottery to report incorrect results from Monday’s Powerball drawing on its statewide gaming system and the lottery website.
“The incorrect results went live about 12:30 a.m. yesterday and remained available until about 7:15 a.m. that day.”
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Players who claimed their tickets between these times are allowed to keep their prizes.
It is not known how many players made claims on these false numbers but records show that 3,998 Powerball plays from Iowa won on Monday night with prizes between $4 and $200.
The correct numbers were not live on the Iowa Lottery website until 3:30 pm on Tuesday.
“Lottery staffers will continue to review drawing procedures with an eye toward improvements in the future,” the organization said.
It added that concerned players or those with any questions are encouraged to contact an Iowa Lottery Security Staffer at 515-725-7900.
Meanwhile, the next Powerball draw is scheduled for December 2 with an estimated jackpot of $400 million.
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