Lottery Scrambles After Publishing Wrong Winning Numbers, Blames ‘Human Error’

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If you bought a ticket for the Iowa Powerball lottery earlier this week, you might have experienced some drama.

A “human reporting error” caused incorrect winning numbers to be posted on the statewide gaming system and lottery website for about seven hours, according to a statement on the Iowa Lottery Blog.

“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 blog explained.

“But when the winning numbers from Monday’s Powerball drawing were being inputted, some of the numbers were mistakenly entered incorrectly.”

The wrong numbers were posted at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, and the error went unnoticed until about 7:15 a.m., when lottery staffers “noticed the error … and suspended the results for the Powerball drawing on lottery terminals, knowing that correcting the information on the statewide gaming system would take longer,” the statement explained.

It took until about 3:30 p.m. to make all the necessary corrections.

The mistake only impacted Monday’s Powerball drawing, lottery officials said.

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