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Media Advisory

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

ATLANTA – During a routine internal audit review for the February 11, 2005 Fantasy 5 drawing, an incident caused by human error was identified by Georgia Lottery Corporation personnel. The error resulted in one of the 39 numbered balls being inadvertently left out of the Fantasy 5 draw machine at the time of the drawing. All winning tickets from the February 11, 2005 Fantasy 5 draw are valid for redemption.

The Georgia Lottery will hold a bonus Fantasy 5 drawing for Georgia Lottery players on a specified date yet to be determined. The bonus drawing will be held immediately following the Cash 4/Fantasy 5 regularly scheduled drawing for that date. All Fantasy 5 tickets purchased for the regularly scheduled Fantasy 5 drawing will be valid for that night’s bonus draw as well. The GLC will announce the date of the bonus draw to the public as soon as it has been scheduled.

“The Georgia Lottery is very serious about the security and integrity of our games,” said GLC President/CEO Margaret DeFrancisco. “Although we regret human error occurred during last Friday’s Fantasy 5 drawing, it is reassuring to know that we have procedures in place to identify discrepancies and prevent them from happening again.”

DeFrancisco will be available to answer questions from the media at Georgia Lottery/ WSB-TV studios tonight at 7:30 p.m. Members of the media are invited to come early and watch a live Cash 3 drawing at 6:59 p.m. or stay and attend tonight’s Cash 4/Fantasy 5 drawing at 11:34 p.m. The entire draw process from start to end for the 6:59 p.m. drawing can be observed beginning at 5:30 p.m. Arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. to watch the 6:59 p.m. drawing. WSB-TV is located at 1601 W. Peachtree St. NE in Midtown Atlanta. Guests can contact WSB-TV security at the station’s gate via a telecom. Enter the studio through the after-hours entrance.

Many things go into a successful drawing at the GLC. The ball sets for each game are randomly selected and certified by outside auditors. Each Lottery drawing machine and ball set used is placed through a series of pre-drawing tests to ensure the absolute randomness of the results. There also are a series of post-drawing tests, which are conducted as part of the certification process. The entire process takes approximately three hours for a drawing that takes less than 60 seconds. The Georgia Lottery conducts approximately 2,000 live drawings each year.



Georgia Lottery Corporation
Media Relations Department
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Fax: 404-215-8983

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Kimberly Starks
Media Relations Manager

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media [at] galottery [dot] org

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