August 1, 2013 – The Louisiana Lottery released a statement Thursday morning saying that it had discovered a mistake made on the July 24 Easy 5 drawing show, and that the television show had reported one incorrect number.
The numbers drawn for the Easy 5 that night were 4, 7, 31, 35, 36, but the television program reported the first number as a “5”, rather than a “4”.
The show is produced by Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB), who had not yet released a statement regarding the error Thursday afternoon.
The president of the Louisiana Lottery, Rose Hudson, said “The Lottery deeply regrets the error and the inconvenience it caused players who rely on the show to get the winning numbers.”
After each drawing, lottery numbers go through a series of checks to ensure the accuracy of the reports. Both a legislative auditor and a drawing official from the Lottery verify the number, which are faxed to LPB and then confirmed by telephone.
According to the Lottery’s statement, their website reported the correct numbers for the Easy 5 drawing that night.
Rose explained that the winning numbers confirmed by the auditor and Lottery official at the time of the drawing “are controlling in situations like this.”
“Players who relied upon the TV show to check their Easy 5 tickets should recheck their ticket to determine any winnings,” Hudson said.