Exclusive: Machines often fail to spot winners in S.C. lottery

Lottery players and area retailers say there have been problems — including some winning lottery tickets being counted losers — since the state installed its upgraded computer system that reads tickets last week.

But lottery officials insist the worst is behind them after the Nov. 5 launch of the system.

A lottery official reached Tuesday could not say how many tickets have been misread.

Among the problems reported by players and retailers are:

One player said the new system failed repeatedly to accurately read his scratch-off tickets over the past few days.

“I’ve seen half a dozen of these instances since the new machines were installed,” said Ronald Seymour of Newberry, who said he’s had several winning tickets in the lottery’s “Deal or No Deal” scratch-off game denied in the new system.

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