In the main, I’m sure the ticket scanners are pretty darn reliable. They’re certainly well tested.
But how many incorrect scans is acceptable? 1 in a 100, 1 in a 1000?
Is even 1 in a million acceptable? Particularly when that scan could be the only thing that determines if you claim a jackpot or put that lottery ticket in the bin.
A Florida lottery player, Zack McDonald, now has serious concerns about using the ticket scanners, after an incident where he claims the first scan of his ticket showed a loser. But on a second scan it revealed a winning ticket.
His ticket was only worth $6, but what if it had been more, and he hadn’t double checked it? What if 1 in a million, or even1 in a 100 million tickets that are scanned are incorrectly showing a losing ticket?
According to GTech, the firm that makes Florida’s scanning machines, their records show a different ticket was used in the self scanner to the one then presented for scanning by the retail assistant. Zack says that’s not the case, as he only ever buys a Powerball ticket and a Lotto ticket so there was no other ticket to get mixed up.
If GTech’s records show another ticket as being scanned could that not simply mean the scanner misread the ticket? They haven’t released the specific information, so we don’t know if that ‘other’ ticket was likely to be one bought by Zack or a ticket bought in a completely different part of Florida.
This should greatly concern all lottery players, as many players do rely solely on self-scan ticket machines to check their results.
The best advice we can give to avoid the possibility of a problem, is to always check your results using 2 different sources.
So by all means use the self-scanners, but check first with the TV or newspaper results. It’s actually more fun to check one number at a time – particularly if you’re watching the live draw.