What are ‘Reversals’?
Reversals are simply tickets with the information on their backs having been printed twice and in two separate directions, even though they are for the same issue. Other names for reversals include ‘180 degree reversals’ and ‘rotated reverse’.
It is thought that reversals are printed in such a way unintentionally, instead of by design, although it is currently not known what exactly it is that causes the misprint.
Reversals are the result of a printing error, and they are simply lotto tickets of a scratch-type nature, or scratchcards, that have accidentally been printed with the information on their backs displayed twice and in opposite directions.
This type of ticket is called a reversal because some of its vital information is printed in reverse, and this becomes the distinguishing feature of such a ticket. Alternatively, the reversals is often known as a 180 degree reversal because the information is printed twice on the back and runs in opposite directions. If an object is described as being 180 degrees to another object, it is facing the opposite way.
The reversal ticket is, as aforementioned, the result of an error during the ticket printing stage of its production. Although it is not known exactly what causes the mistake in printing, it is thought to have something to do with the rolling mechanism inside the machine that distributes the ink to the paper of the ticket.
Thankfully, the player should not worry if they have accidentally purchased or been given a reversal ticket; these tickets, despite their confusing misprints, are not void. So, if the player has a winning ticket and it happens to be a reversal, the winnings may still be collected.
For the most part, these types of ticket are simply a source of amusement among those who have happened to buy one, and it is often said that both the misprint itself and its cause are of no concern whatsoever to the player of lotto.