Four years after drawing fiasco, Tenn. Lottery settles with tech firms
The Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. has received nearly $1 million from a pair of technology companies it blamed for software glitches that resulted in the sale of about $2 million worth of unwinnable tickets in 2007.
(See Tennessee Lottery computerized drawings flawed since inception, Lottery Post, Aug. 21, 2007.)
The computer program that Smartplay International and Gaming Laboratories International came up with for games such as Cash 3 and Cash 4 was flawed and resulted in thousands o ...
Dec 17, 2011, 9:22 am - Lottery News forum
Missouri Lottery gives inside view of computerized drawings
For years, the Missouri Lottery conducted its daily drawings using mechanical ball machines.
In 2004, the lottery replaced its drawing equipment with a computerized drawing system that generates the winning numbers with a Random Number Generator (RNG) a computer program that instantly produces random numbers.
Several other states have switched to a computerized drawing system, but the concept has not swept through all the states, perhaps due to player pushback.
Since computerized drawin ...
Apr 16, 2010, 10:54 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery begins Cash 3 game
A new way to play the lottery in Arkansas debuted yesterday.
Lottery retailers can now sell tickets for Cash 3, a game that allows players to pick three numbers in hopes of matching them to numbers selected by a random number generator at the lottery's headquarters in Little Rock.
The game is the lottery's first in-state draw game. The multi-state Powerball game, which holds drawings in Orlando, Fla., launched in Arkansas on Oct. 31.
A second in-state draw game, Cash 4, is expected to l ...
Dec 15, 2009, 8:32 am - Lottery News forum
Study: Hoosier Lottery has worst financial decline in USA
Another state with computerized drawings fares poorly
Has Indiana considered boldly changing back to real drawings?
Proceeds from Indiana's lottery were down by more than 17 percent in the past fiscal year, marking the sharpest decline in profits nationwide.
Hoosier Lottery proceeds fell by nearly $40 million. The state's profit from scratch-off tickets, Powerball and other lottery games dropped from $217 million in the 2008 fiscal year to $178 million in fiscal year that ended June 30. ...
Sep 24, 2009, 2:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Computerized lottery drawings not problem-free
MUSL director Strutt says Small group of players don't like them
Passailaigue says players superstitious, spooked by changes in draw format
Arkansas lottery officials say their decision to use a computer to generate winning numbers when lottery games start this fall makes economic sense, but the use of computerized drawings by lotteries in other states has not been free of problems.
In July 2007, the Tennessee Education Lottery moved to save costs by doing away with its televised drawi ...
Aug 10, 2009, 9:22 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery drawings inspire confidence
Contrasted to the Arkansas Lottery decision last week to hide their drawings inside a computer, Texas has a model approach
Stephanie Guidry and Mickey Roberts didn't have much else to do, so they stopped in front of the Texas Lottery Commission offices to watch the winning numbers be drawn.
And because she and boyfriend Mickey Roberts had nothing pressing against their schedule from 10:09 to 10:13 on a weeknight, she stayed for the adventure.
Even though they did not purchase a lottery ...
Aug 2, 2009, 1:21 pm - Lottery News forum
ARKANSAS LOTTERY DRAWINGS TO BE COMPUTERIZED
Numerous polls show players do not trust computerized drawings
Did Arkansas Lottery Commission hire the right team?
Senator proposes bill scrapping the lottery
Despite nearly universal player mistrust of computerized lottery drawings, the new Arkansas Lottery director made the inexplicable decision this week to forgo real mechanical lottery ball drawings, and use a computer program to select the winning numbers in the state's new lottery.
The commission met at Philander Smith College ...
Aug 1, 2009, 1:20 am - Lottery News forum
Neb. lottery numbers drawn twice in row
The odds are against something this odd.
A Nebraska Lottery official says the winning numbers for the state's Pick 3 lottery on Tuesday were exactly the same as the winning combination from the night before.
Lottery spokesman Brian Rockey says one of two lottery computers that randomly generate combinations picked the numbers 1, 9 and 6 in that order for Monday night's drawing. He says the other computer picked the same three numbers Tuesday in the same sequence.
The odds of such an occ ...
Jan 23, 2009, 10:28 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery CEO blames lagging sales on Powerball
Hey, you wanted to be in the gambling business...
Tennessee officials are hedging their bets on Powerball to lift the lottery out of a sales slump that could hurt revenue projections for education.
Lottery CEO Rebecca Paul Hargrove says lottery sales have been running about $400,000 less per week than last year since the fiscal year began July 1.
She blames Powerball. The jackpot went over $300 million at one point last year but hasn't reached that level yet this year. Bigger jackpots i ...
Nov 18, 2008, 5:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Kansas Lottery officials mull GTECH systems failure
Kansas Lottery officials already had more than their hands full with the selection of gaming license applicants for their four casinos so they really didn't need another problem.
But, there it is: a casino data systems failure from GTECH, the Providence-RI-based firm that manages the state's lottery activities.
It was defective software, pure and simple, said Ed Van Petten, lottery executive director, in describing the systems failure. GTECH, a former publicly-traded American company, was ...
Jul 15, 2008, 11:00 pm - Lottery News forum