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Mich. Lottery Goofs, Draws Again

December 4, 1999

DETROIT (AP) _ The Michigan Lottery gave ticket holders two shots at its Cash 5 jackpot Thursday after one of its 39 numbered balls turned up missing during the televised drawing.

The ball apparently fell on the floor during a dress rehearsal to check the equipment, Lottery Commissioner Don Gilmer said Friday.

``When you don’t follow procedures, bad things happen,″ he said. ``I guess you could say there was a bonus drawing.″

After the missing ball was tossed back in the drum, a second drawing was held off-air, Gilmer said.

Both sets of numbers will be honored as winners, though nobody in either drawing won the full jackpot, he said. The winners will share $50,000 for each drawing _ twice what the lottery would have paid.

``It was broadcast, people saw it,″ Gilmer said. ``The only way to guarantee the game integrity and player interest is to pay on both sets of numbers.″

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