South Carolina Lottery Christmas Winners Won’t Get Prizes

On Wednesday the South Carolina Education Lottery announced it will not be delivering more than $30 million in prizes to players with winning tickets printed as a result of a computer glitch.

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For two glorious hours it was the gift that kept on giving. And on Christmas Day no less.

Between 5:51 p.m. and 7:53 p.m. last December, South Carolinians playing the state lottery were treated to tens of thousands of winning Holiday Cash Add-A-Play tickets, each worth up to $500 regardless of the holder’s good or bad behavior.

It was an improbable lucky streak that was, in fact, too good to be true. And on Wednesday, the South Carolina Education Lottery announced it will not be delivering more than $30 million in prizes to players who bought tickets during the brief window “because they had been produced in error.”

A computer glitch was behind the fortuitous — or unfortunate — anomaly, depending on what side you’re on, that caused gas stations and convenience stores to issue about 71,000 winning plays.