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2015 Press Releases

December 22, 2015


KENO® is a “bingo style lottery game” in which players may select up to 10 numbers between 1 and 80 for each random number draw. In Delaware, KENO® games are available for play every four minutes at designated lottery retail locations. On the morning of December 17, 2015, a computer malfunction occurred in the Lottery’s KENO® game.  The primary Random Number Generator (RNG) for KENO® stopped processing randomly generated new numbers, and instead began re-transmitting the same numbers from a prior drawing. The malfunction was promptly addressed and resulted in five re-transmissions over a period of approximately twenty minutes before the malfunction was corrected. The Lottery then instructed its systems vendor, Scientific Games, to take the primary KENO® RNG off-line and put into service the back-up KENO® RNG, which was successfully accomplished.  The Lottery is now conducting a thorough review, including engaging Gaming Laboratories International to do a technical examination of the KENO® hardware and software.  An initial review has revealed that a few players, at an isolated number of locations, recognized the re-transmission of the duplicate numbers, and attempted to take advantage of the malfunction by playing those duplicated numbers.  Redemption transactions relating to the five re-transmissions have been suspended until the Lottery’s review has been concluded.


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Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than $4.1 billion to the state's General Fund to help finance needed state services that benefit everyone in Delaware. The Lottery offers a variety of games: POWERBALL®, MEGA MILLIONS®, HOT LOTTO®, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, DELAWARE CASH 5®, PLAY 3, PLAY 4, KENO®, iGaming and assorted Instant Games, Video Lottery, Sports Lottery and Table Games. Delaware Lottery game and promotional details are available at delottery.com, at licensed locations, and from the Lottery's office in Dover.

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