Lotto NZ refunds Bullseye players after software issue


Lotto NZ has issued a $100,000 in refunds after a computer glitch made it unfairly hard for them to hit the bullseye.

The issue affected some online entrants in lottery game Bullseye, which offers a share in more than $250,000 in cash and prizes.

Entrants play by choosing a six-digit number between 000000 to 999999.

A winning six-digit number is then drawn and the closer a player’s chosen number is to the winning number, the greater their prize.

However, tickets purchased through MyLotto from April to July only allowed for a six-digit entry numbers to include numbers ranging from 0 to 8.

The entries did not include the number 9 because of a software issue.

Lotto NZ chief executive Wayne Pickup apologised and said $100,000 in total was returned to affected players today.

“We take this very seriously and we want to make it right with our players,” he said.