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AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Lottery has temporarily suspended the popular All or Nothing game after a “design issue” has led to higher than expected payouts to players.

The game, which was launched on Sept. 9, 2012, has generated sales of $62.5 million and paid $36.7 million in prizes.

GTECH Corporation, the lottery operator in Texas, notified the commission of an issue related to the current game structure.

“We have been advised of this game design issue and, in an abundance of caution, we have temporarily suspended sales for All or Nothing to evaluate the situation thoroughly,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “While we review this matter, we will honor all prizes for All or Nothing tickets that have already been purchased by our players.”

To remain consistent with the commission’s goal of generating revenue for public education, the Texas Lottery will evaluate placing limitations on wagers. The commission says this practice is common in the lottery industry for games that offer guaranteed prizes.

“The Texas Lottery is intensely committed to our mission to generate revenue for education in Texas,” said Grief. “Although there have been no negative financial consequences to the state as a result of the identified game design issue, we will take any and all necessary steps to protect the financial interests of the state of Texas.”

To win, players select 12 numbers from a 24-number pool. Players can win the top prize of $250,000 by either matching all 12 numbers or by matching none of the 12 numbers drawn by officials.

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