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The state Department of Consumer Protection has given an update on their investigation into issues with the Connecticut Lottery's 5 Card Cash Game.  The Connecticut Lottery discovered that the terminal was being misused by some retailers in the game's instant component.  Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris says the reporting mechanism on the terminal were intentionally manipulated  for their own personal benefit by producing a disproportionate amount of winning tickets. 


The state may have lost revenue, for which full restitution will be sought. 


The Lottery temporarily suspended sales and cashing to install new software, which is aimed at further enhancing the security features of the game.  The software will be tested to ensure the integrity of the game before sales resume.



The Department is offering no further comment at this time, but as the investigation unfolds Harris says more information may be released as appropriate.

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