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MCAO: Man exploits AZ Lottery vending machine flaw, gets $55K worth of free tickets

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PHOENIX — A man is accused of exploiting a flaw in the Arizona Lottery vending machines to get over $55,000 worth of tickets.

Earlier this week, the Arizona Attorney general’s Office filed charges against Everado Najera-Nava, 40, for computer tampering and fraud.

Investigators say that Nava exploited a flaw in Arizona Lottery vending machines that gave him $54,699 worth of lottery tickets without paying for them. Police say Nava would enter his debit card into the machine to start the transaction. He would then cancel the transaction. However, the machine would release the tickets before the cancellation took place.

Police say he did this over a two week period last summer.

Investigators reportedly found 279 canceled transactions associated with Nava’s debit card. Court records show that Nava continued to try to get more tickets for free after the flaw was recognized and corrected.

A man is accused of exploiting a flaw in the Arizona Lottery vending machines to get over $55,000 worth of tickets.

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Address: 4740 east University Drive, Phoenix AZ 85034
Internet: www.arizonalottery.com
Phone: (480) 921-4400
Fax: (480) 921 4488
Population: 6,595,778 million
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Executive Director: Gregory Edgar
Start – Up: July 1, 1981
Per Capita Sales: $74
Sales FY2018: $981,377,844
Number of Employees 110
Points of Sale / Retailers 2,999
On-line Vendor: GTECH
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Games Offered: Mega Millions, Powerball, The Pick , Pick 5, 2by2, CA$H4, Pick 3, FastPlay, Scratchers.
Proceeds: By statute, the Arizona Lottery revenues are distributed to the following funds: General Fund, Local Transportation Assistance Fund (LTAF), Heritage Fund , County Assistance Fund, Healthy Arizona, Local Transportation Assistance Fund II, Commerce and Economic Development Fund, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program, Department of Gaming, Homeless Emergency/Transitional Shelters, University Capital Bond Fund.

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The expansion of lotteries into the American West began with Arizona, the first state west of Mississippi to legalize the games. Voter approval was narrow in November 1980, with just a 51-49 margin, but the Arizona Lottery has become an integral part of the Arizona culture. Subsequent votes as the Lottery came up for sunset review were much more definitive; most recently an overwhelming 73 percent of voters approved a 10-year lottery extension in 2002. In 2010, the Legislature passed a bill ensuring the Lottery will continue until 2035.
Ticket sales began over the July 4 weekend in 1981 with an instant game, Scratch It Rich, and its 21.4 million tickets sold out in 10 days, a phenomenal success for the fledgling lottery. Instant games continued to make up the Lottery’s entire product mix until 1984, when its first draw game, the popular lotto game The Pick, was introduced. Today, the Lottery’s regular portfolio also includes Powerball, Mega Millions, Fantasy 5, CA$H4, 2by2 and Pick 3.
By statute, proceeds from the Arizona Lottery are divided among numerous programs in four specific areas: education, health and public welfare, economic and business development, and the environment. Along with General Fund revenues earmarked for these programs, dedicated beneficiaries include Healthy Arizona, the Heritage Fund in the Department of Game and Fish, the Commerce Authority, the University Capital Improvement Bond Fund, the Homeless Emergency/Transitional Shelters program and the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program for children. Lottery revenues also help pay for the state’s problem gambling hotline.
Today, education and health and public welfare combined receive the lion’s share of lottery revenues.

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July 19, 2018 Arizona Lottery Sets New Sales and Payout Records in 2018
June 29, 2018 Arizona Lottery Waives Retailer Licensing Fees for Fiscal Year 2019
June 20, 2018 Arizona Lottery Welcomes Back Player-Favourite WILLY WONKA GOLDEN TICKET™ Scratchers®
May 9, 2018 Arizona Lottery Tickets Are Getting a Luchador Makeover
May 1, 2018 Arizona Lottery Hosts Exclusive, Month-Long Million Dollar Giveaway
April 19, 2018 Governor Looks to Keno to Fund teacher Pay Package
April 9, 2018 Arizona Lottery Achieves Record-Setting Sales in March
April 4, 2018 Arizona Lottery Launches The Voice© Scratchers® Ticket
March 19, 2018 Multi-State Lottery Association Concludes RNG Analysis and Issues Report
Feb. 20, 2018 Arizona Lottery Launches Fast Play, A New Category of Instant Games Fast Play Combines the Ease of Jackpot Games with the Instant Gratification of Scratchers® Tickets
February 1, 2018 Bill for Arizona Lottery KENO Game Faces Opposition from Navajo Nation
January 8, 2017 Arizona Lottery Partners with Arizona Game and Fish Department for Exclusive Ticket

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April 19, 2017 Arizona Lottery’s “Welcome Back Willie” Campaign Wins Telly Award
April 15, 2017 Arizona Lottery to Trial Lottery Vending Machines at MVD Offices
January 20, 2017 Arizona Lottery Makes Historic $206 Million Transfer to State Beneficiaries
March 27, 2017 Arizona Lottery Extends Instant Games Contract with Scientific Games
February 17, 2017 Revised Senate Bill Would Authorise Keno and Create a New State Electronic Keno Commission
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January 25, 2017 Arizona Lottery Makes Historic $206 Million Transfer to State Beneficiaries

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