Originally Turbine was going to remove the lottery but Sapience managed to convince them to keep the Lotto. The new Lotto isn't a regularly scheduled activity like the old Lotto. We only have drawings when there is something special going on. The last Lotto that I saw was a three day Lotto. Turbine was giving a single Helms Deep key to the residents of each server. There were 29 Helms Deep lotteries. One for each server with a single winner for each server.
Originally Posted by Siskiyou
There are still data export issues. Although Sapience was able to get the lottery implemented in the web site he was not able to get resources to fix the character data exports. Sapience is still struggling on to get the web enabled character data synched with the game servers. Obviously it is not as out of sync as the old character database because it contains a lot less data. I believe it only has character name, race, class, level, perhaps gender, server and account. We apparently have the same issues as before - Character is deleted in game but still in the web database - Character exists in game but does not exist in the web database - Character is higher level in game than what is shown in the web database - web database updates for a particular server will stop manual intervention is required - web database is way behind the game state delayed updates perhaps several days.
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