The winning numbers in Wednesday’s evening Pick 3 drawing were 9-7-2, but an error occurred afterward that resulted in inaccurate numbers being initially reported in some places.
We regret that the error occurred and any confusion or inconvenience it caused our Pick 3 players. And we want to make sure any players impacted by the issue are aware of it and have the information they need to clear up any confusion.
Our Pick 3 drawing itself occurred with no issues. Additionally, an independent auditor at the drawing confirmed the results.
Afterward, due to a manual error, the results were at first inaccurately released as 9-7-3 on the lottery’s website and in notifications sent to players who signed up for Pick 3 winning numbers on the NC Official Mobile App.
We make every effort possible to ensure that the correct results are entered into our system and communicated to players. While the error was caught and our gaming system was corrected, the release of the inaccurate numbers caused some confusion and inconvenience for players.
All players who have a ticket with the winning numbers of 9-7-2 get their prizes. Because the wrong numbers were briefly in our gaming system, a few players with the numbers 9-7-3 made claims before the error was corrected. After the error was corrected, only tickets with the winning numbers can be paid.
We know our players expect all drawings to be conducted and reported accurately. In this case, unfortunately a dual control process to avoid such an error failed. We will be reviewing what caused the error with our staff to make sure procedures are strictly and carefully followed in the future to avoid such an error happening again.
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I'm VERY upset that some was able to claim payouts for 9-7-3 before the error was corrected! I was at the gas station, presented my ticket and requested scratch off tickets and GAS to hear him say NOT A WINNER! I told the owner that that was incorrect, showed him my phone and he printed the printout of draws...it said 9-7-2! This was yesterday at 7:00am before going to work. I began looking up numbers to call and see about corrections. To get online and read this, I truly feel it's NOT fair that some was ABLE to get payouts for the error, while now the rest of us is at a loss and disappointment! Is it true that NC LOTTERY IS NOW honoring the tickets for 9-7-3????