March 2, 1996 in Nation/World

Lottery Computer Takes Leap Day Off

Compiled From Wire Services

Arizona Lottery players were out of luck on Leap Day because Feb. 29 did not compute.

The Arizona Lottery computer had not been programmed to understand Leap Day, and refused to sell any tickets Thursday for that evening’s drawing.

Software designers at Automated Wagering International were responsible for the error, said Chuck Brooke, executive vice president. He said the firm will reimburse the lottery for the lost revenue.

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