Lottery Glitch Could Lead to $19.6 Million in Winnings

SOUTH CAROLINA — A Christmas Day lottery glitch in South Carolina has officials trying to deal with hundreds of unexpected winners. Friday, lottery officials set aside enough cash to pay every winner if they have to.

For nearly two hours Monday, people who bought a Holiday Cash Add-a-Play ticket got the maximum $500 jackpot. But when players went to cash their tickets, the computer wouldn’t pay.

“I move to set aside $19.6 million that equates to the potential amount represented by the tickets displaying nine Christmas trees in the Holiday Cash Add-a-Play game,” said SC Lottery Commission Secretary Keith Munson.

The lottery hasn’t said how many winning tickets were bought. People who tried to claim their prize money this week were told to hold onto their ticket until lottery officials investigated.