A lottery hitch on Christmas Day in South Carolina has made officials attempt to discover ways of handling an excessive number of unforeseen winners.
The game of Holiday Cash Add-A-Play produces trees on a grid of tic-tac-toe, and when a person obtains three in one line, payment goes to a maximum of $500.
According to lottery officials, on Monday, for two hours printing was done on trees in each of the nine grids which provided each player who submitted $1 the top prize. In total, winnings amounted to $19.6 million.
However, when players tried to cash their tickets, no payment was remitted by the computer. On Wednesday, many of them visited the Columbian lottery office.
A vote was passed by the commission of South Caroline Education Lottery to keep some cash separate to pay each of the winners but to investigate Intralot also, which is the firm that managed the game and obtain legal advice.