Computer error causes problems for lottery's Pick 3 game

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- For the past few months there’s been a computer error in the Arizona Lottery system.

Since June, there’s been a glitch associated with the Pick 3 game, which has prevented the numbers 8 and 9 from being picked in certain positions.

According to the Arizona Lottery, more than 40,000 Pick 3 tickets were sold from June 10 to Aug. 3, which is approximately $90,000 in tickets.

“Can you imagine our concern when a Pick 3 player just casually mentioned to us they weren’t seeing as many nines lately on the game, I mean that’s a red flag,” said Jeff Hatch-Miller with the Arizona Lottery.

The Arizona Lottery said the flaw was actually an advantage for players because it increased their chance of winning.

If you still have an old Pick 3 ticket purchased during the past two months you can get a replacement.

The Arizona Lottery says the programming error has since been fixed.