Lotto officials suspend game after glitch leads to many winners on Christmas

GREENVILLE, South Carolina -- A supposed Christmas miracle may be snuffed out for lottery players who believe they won hundreds and even thousands of dollars.

The South Carolina Education Lottery said it is investigating its Holiday Cash Add-A-Play game. It said a programming error on Christmas Day of its computer system led to false winners.

Many players who played the game believed they won up to $500 per ticket. One man even bought additional tickets when he noticed every game was a winner.

The man racked up nearly $12,000 in supposed winnings.

The game has since been suspended, and winners who tried to claim their prize were told they couldn't cash in yet.

Lotto officials told people who played that evening's game to hold on to their tickets. The lottery agency plans to make an announcement on tickets later this week.
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