Iowa Lottery officials are apologizing for releasing nearly 3,000 Social Security numbers of past winners. The numbers were released to an assistant journalism professor at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. The numbers were part of a dataset that was not readily available, but was posted on a website. Officials say, if manipulated the right way, the Social Security numbers could be viewed on the site. The numbers were from 2011 winners who had won prizes of $600 or more. A lawyer for the Iowa Lottery says they'll offer credit monitoring for each person affected, with letters being sent to notify them of the security breach.
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