Posted November 16, 2018 18:24:16New York lottery officials are blaming a poor lottery system for the lottery’s poor odds of reaching the $1.6 billion jackpot, as the city’s lottery board said its own systems are not up to snuff.
The New York City Lottery and Gaming Authority (NYCLGA) said its systems are “committed to providing an efficient and reliable service to our customers, particularly those with limited means”.
“However, as we continue to evaluate our current systems, we believe there is a greater likelihood of an error, which could result in an incorrect result being reported,” the NYCLGA said in a statement.
“In the unlikely event that an error does occur, we will take appropriate action, including suspending the lottery until such an error is corrected.”
The $1,680 billion jackpocalypse has hit New York hard, and the city is reeling from a record-low number of daily visitors to the state’s five major casinos, according to a recent study by The Atlantic.
The casino industry has seen an increase in visitors from the US, with Nevada’s casino industry leading the way with more than 5 million visitors in the first six months of this year, according the Atlantic.
Las Vegas’ casino industry is expected to have $1 billion in revenues by the end of this fiscal year, up from $900 million in the same period last year, with New York the top casino city.
It’s not just New York that has had a tough year.
The US National Weather Service said this week that Hurricane Irma has moved north, bringing with it a chance of devastating flooding in Texas and Florida.
“Irma is expected in the Atlantic and will continue to move in this direction throughout the week,” the NWS said in its latest forecast.
“The strongest winds are expected to be from the south-central Bahamas and southeast Florida.
Irma is expected by the middle of this week to make landfall on Florida.”
The hurricane has also knocked out power in Texas, the state with the largest number of casinos in the country, but has so far caused no major damage to property.
It is expected that Irma will be the last hurricane to pass through Florida in 2018, with the last one to make a landfall on the Sunshine State, which hosts the nation’s largest casino industry.