Washington State shuts down lottery AI website after it generates ‘softcore porn’ pic of user

A Washington State lottery AI website produced a “softcore porn” image of a lotto user instead of putting her head on an AI character forcing the state to shut the site down.

According to reporter Jason Rantz at 770KTTH, state authorities shuttered the site “out of an abundance of caution.”

The shocked lottery user just wanted some innocent fun but got something entirely different.

“When Megan, a 50-year-old mother based in Tumwater, visited the new AI-powered mobile site from Washington’s Lottery on March 30, she thought she was in for some frivolous fun. Test Drive A Win allows users to digitally throw a dart at a dartboard featuring dream vacations you can pay for with the money you win in the lottery. Depending on where the dart lands, you can either upload a headshot or take one on your phone to upload, and the AI superimposes your image into the vacation spot,” Rantz reported.

“Megan landed on a ‘swim with the sharks’ dream vacation option. She was shocked at one of the AI photos Washington’s Lottery spit out. It was softcore porn,” he noted.

The woman chose an in-site option to take a photo of her face to be placed on an AI character. Instead, what was produced was an image of her almost completely naked.

“In the image, Megan is sitting on a bed, with a bathing suit bottom on, but no top. Her bare breasts are exposed. The background of the image appears to show the bedroom in an aquarium, with fish swimming around her. There is a Washington’s Lottery logo in the bottom right corner,” Rantz wrote.

The incident is ripe for a lawsuit and three hours after the woman filed a complaint, the site was taken down.

We were made aware that a single user of the AI platform was purportedly provided an image that did not adhere to the built-in parameters set by the developers. Prior to launch, we agreed to a comprehensive set of rules to govern image creation, including that people in images be fully clothed. We have not seen the image that the AI provided to this user, but out of an abundance of caution, we took the website down,” a spokesperson told Rantz.

Users on X had plenty to say about the incident and wondered exactly why a lottery site would be using AI in the first place:

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