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BCLC turns off lotto machines in bars after player gets two identical tickets

Last Updated Apr 15, 2019 at 10:43 pm PDT

(Courtesy the BC Lottery Corporation)
Summary

A player contacted BCLC saying the Quick Pick numbers on their two tickets were perfect matches

BCLC says that duplicate tickets can sometimes be printed

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – After a lottery vending machine in the province spat out two tickets on two different days with identical numbers, the machines are being temporarily turned off in bars and pubs across B.C.

The British Columbia Lottery Corporation says they made the decision after a player contacted them saying the Quick Pick numbers on their two tickets were perfect matches. BCLC says that duplicate tickets can sometimes be printed, but they’ve taken this step out of an abundance of caution.

Self-serve machines at retail outlets have also been tested, and are working.

When players choose the Quick Pick option, the machine generates numbers for them. The random number generators for the Quick Pick aren’t tied to the system they use for the winning draws, BCLC says.

The machines will be offline as they “review a technical issue.”