Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The South Carolina Education Lottery Commission says they will put aside $19.6 million in response to a malfunction that impacted the Holiday Add-A-Play game on Christmas Day.
The motion stated:
"To set aside 19.6 million dollars that equates to the potential amount represented by the tickets displaying nine Christmas trees in the Holiday Cash Add-A-Play game and direct staff to continue its legal research and investigation, including seeking further cooperation from Intralot and the potential validation of claims."
Previous Coverage: Malfunction Causes Lottery Game Confusion
Lottery players thought they won $500 on their tickets, but lottery officials say there was a malfunction that printed out more winners than it was supposed to. Lottery officials say on Christmas Day between 5:51 p.m. to 7:53 p.m. lottery terminals printed tickets with the same symbol repeated in all nine available play areas of the Add-A-Play ticket. They say winning tickets should have no more than five identical symbols on a single play.
Players are advised to still hold onto their tickets, as the board will meet again at the end of January to discuss the matter further.