May 14th, 2011
10:08 AM ET

Computer glitch voids green card lottery results

The State Department has apologized for a computer glitch that invalidated results for thousands who thought they were chosen in the most recent green card visa lottery.

Millions of people worldwide apply for the 50,000 permanent resident visas issued a year to relocate to the U.S.

A computer randomly picks would-be immigrants who then undergo interviews, background checks and medical exams before visas can be issued.

"Due to a computer programming problem, the results of the 2012 diversity lottery that were previously posted on this website have been voided," the State Department said in a statement Friday. "We regret any inconvenience this might have caused."

The results of lottery were not valid, and the drawing will be redone.

"They did not represent a fair random selection of the entrants, which is required by U.S. law," said David Donahue, a deputy assistant for the State Department.

The issue has been resolved and officials expect to do another selection in July, Donahue said.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Oh dang,
    And I had 4 out of 5 numbers plus the power ball

    May 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anna

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    May 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |

    why not just take the cards up to tacobell and mcdonalds and pass them out.. they are all illegals..

    May 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dale

    I like computers. Anna-I can type 63 WPM. Are you jealous?

    May 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |

    dos lobos kick you azz
    dos lobos kick your face
    dos lobos blast your balls into outer space!!

    May 14, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    @Ruffie: I thought it was *tres* lobos.

    May 14, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |

      no disassemble number 5.....

      May 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    Outside Perspective:

    That was Hagan the troll using Joey's name. For the real Joey, read the 12:07 post. Joey is neither a spoiled brat nor an educated brat. Joey is just educated, period.

    May 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |

    did they try and hit "contorl + z " or " crontroll + alt + del " ???

    May 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ikhan

    What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

    May 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey

    Thank you, banasy. I had to go to work; now I'm back.
    @ Outside Perspective:
    I understand you; I agree with you.
    I have many trolls.
    I know the problems that "foreigners" have with work from both sides of the desk.
    I have often worked in other countries.
    The first day I went to work in another country (Italy), the man who hired me made me learn to count and deal with exchange rates well enough not to waste money. I knew a little Italian then, but he showed me how to speed it up by manipulating infinitives. Italians were very encouraging at that stage; later, when I returned throwing out subjunctives and seldom used tenses with a Tuscan accent, they seemed much less encouraging.
    I help foreigners deal with establishing themselves here all the time.

    May 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    Ahhhhh, banasy and Joey: Two of the best bloggers. Always nice to read what they have to say, no matter what the others say. They can troll, they can steal, they can fight, but they will never beat us. Hahahhahahaah

    May 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hannah dav

    May 14, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy



    Thank you. As you are. And we *can* tell the difference, you know!

    May 14, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey

    Hello Cesar, did I miss you?
    Your Doppelgaenger is something!
    I almost got asthma from hearing about his anal fixation today.

    May 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. whitleyfan810

    Spoilt brat should be spoiled brat.

    May 15, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
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