Failure at ‘Green Card’ lottery

According to the Diversity Visa Lottery website:

We regret to inform you that, due to a computer programming problem, the results of the 2012 Diversity Lottery that were previously posted on this website have been voided. They were not valid and were posted in error.

 …..These results are not valid because they did not represent a fair, random selection of entrants as required by U.S. law. Although we received large numbers of entries every day during the 30-day registration period, a computer programming error caused more than 90% of the selectees to come from the first two days of the registration period. The computer error that caused this unfair, non-random result has since been corrected.


This lottery, like so many others, is carried out in secret, using computer algorithms that are not available to the public. So which applicant would know that the process was not truly random? Does it matter? It is still unpredictable, there was no hint of favouritism.

Complaints have also been made against the 2012 London Olympic ticket lottery, but so far no-one has said that there is bias in the system, just capriciousness!

2 Responses

  1. Right now everyone have filed case against the Government for this computer error. It’s hard for winners to accept the excuse. There are plenty of people who have sold their property, land etc to pay for further processing in DV Lottery. I dont know how dv lottery winning people would have felt it.


  2. […] have already seen one major catastrophe in 2011 with a lottery allocation procedure, when the ‘Green Card’ went […]


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