Cybersecurity incident delays payouts for big Ohio Lottery winners | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware

Edward Riley first tried to cash in his $1,000 Ohio Lottery scratch-off winner this week at Giant Eagle in Ravenna, but grocery workers told him they don’t handle winners that large and sent him to a casino.

The 85-year-old Portage County man next headed 20 miles east to Hollywood Gaming at the Mahoning Valley Race Course but crapped out there, too.

A “cybersecurity incident” at the Ohio Lottery on Christmas Eve has indefinitely thrown that service offline at the state’s casinos, racinos and all of its  “Super Retailers,” leaving big lottery winners in a lurch.

Riley — and anyone else trying to cash in an Ohio Lottery ticket worth more than $599 — has only two options at the moment: Mail the ticket into the Ohio Lottery Central Office in Cleveland (and risk it getting lost or stolen en route) or use an Ohio Lottery smartphone app that direct deposits money into winners’ bank accounts. 


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