Mistakes on the job happen to anyone at some point and last month it was the turn of the DC Lottery.
The slip up refers to the evening drawings of the DC-2, DC-3, DC-4 and DC-5 games on December 12th when due to human error the lottery reported the wrong winning numbers.
There’s only one thing to do when a mistake is discovered and that's to own up and the lottery are now (gulp) paying out tens of thousands of dollars to people who have losing tickets.
Around 773 losing tickets were mistakingly awarded as winners which amounted to $127,505 in prize money and so far the lottery has paid out $77,147.50 to the winning losers.
DC lottery officials are working hard to fix the problem and have announced they will pay out on both the correct winnings numbers and the numbers that were announced by mistake.
If you have tickets for the draw on December 12th and you think your ticket might be a winner or even a winning loser you have until June 10th, 2019 to cash them in.
The best way to deal with a mistake? Prevent it from happening again. The DC Lottery who have now reviewed and updated their policies and procedures had this to say: "New software was installed to our draw system by our vendor to ensure this error cannot reoccur."