Tenn. legislator no longer pursuing national lottery
Idea had no support from House Democrat leaders
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., said Tuesday that he has abandoned the idea of sponsoring a bill to create a national lottery, saying it had little support from his party leaders, and would take money from the hands of Tennesseans.
Cohen suggested just after his November election that he might pursue the idea after his lengthy and ultimately successful effort to get a Tennessee Lottery signed into law. But his first discussions with House Dem ...
Feb 7, 2007, 12:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery introduces new raffle game
To mark its third anniversary, the Tennessee Lottery introduced a game Monday that gives Tennesseans the best odds yet to win $1 million.
The new game, Million $ Madness, gives players a one in 200,000 chance of winning $1 million.
Rebecca Paul Hargrove, the chief executive officer of the Tennessee Education Lottery, said lotto players always want a better chance of winning prizes, which they can have in the new game.
It's the best odds yet of winning $1 million, Hargrove said. ...
Jan 23, 2007, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum
High rate of Tenn. Lottery scholarships are lost by bad grades
There is a high probability that Tennessee college students with lottery funded scholarships will lose them.
A state report found 64% of students who got the scholarships two years ago failed to qualify to keep them.
In translation, roughly almost two out of every three students' did not make the grade.
Of the money raised by the Tennessee Lottery, 30% goes to college scholarships. Figures, just now coming in for students who received the first bunch of scholarships in 2004, are not ...
Jan 19, 2007, 3:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery Ticket Worth Over Half A Million Sold In Nashville
A Tennessee Lotto 5 ticket sold in Nashville correctly matched all five numbers from Monday night's drawing, hitting the jackpot of $518,712.
No additional information is available until the player claims the prize.
The Tennessee Lottery offices are closed Tuesday for the holidays and will reopen on Wednesday.
The Lotto 5 jackpot dropped back down to its baseline amount of $40,000 for the Wednesday drawing.
Lotto 5 drawings are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 10:34 p. ...
Dec 26, 2006, 11:44 am - Lottery News forum
New Tenn. congressman wants national lottery
Tennessee State Senator Steve Cohen, author of the bill creating the Tennessee Lottery, says he may consider working on a bill to create a national lottery to pay off the national debt when he heads to Congress.
I've considered that, he said. I know that the state lottery's against it, but I think a national lottery to pay off the national debt would be a good thing. ... Debt is a serious problem. A national lottery could help.
Cohen, a Democrat, was elected to succeed U.S. Rep. Harol ...
Nov 14, 2006, 10:54 am - Lottery News forum
Unclaimed Tenn. lottery money to help after-school programs
The Tennessee Department of Education announced Tuesday $14 million from unclaimed lottery prizes is available for agencies to develop high-quality after-school programs for at-risk students.
The Lottery Education After-School Program (LEAP) uses remaining lottery funds for community-based and faith-based organizations and other public or private organizations.
We are excited to expand the number of valuable after-school programs with this additional funding, said Education Commissioner ...
Aug 9, 2006, 11:03 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. lottery sales up 18 percent since last year
More than $270 million for scholarships, after-school projects
The Tennessee Lottery saw an 18 percent increase in sales for its fiscal year ending in June, propelled upward in part by 36 new scratch-off games and two Powerball jackpots topping $300 million, according to lottery president and chief executive officer Rebecca Paul.
Net sales, which do not include tickets given out as prizes, rose 18 percent to $933.4 million, up from $788 million during the year prior.
It's been a great ...
Jul 18, 2006, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum
Unclaimed $800,000 Powerball Lottery Ticket Expires Today
Today is the last day left in the life of an $800,000 Powerball ticket that was sold last December in Memphis, Tennessee.
As with all of the Tennessee Lottery's numbers-pick games, players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prize.
Since the ticket was purchased for the Dec. 10, 2005 drawing, the ticket expires on Friday.
The Lottery encourages players who purchased a ticket for that drawing to check their pockets, keepsake boxes, mattresses, to be sure their tic ...
Jun 9, 2006, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery sexual harassment allegations exposed
Details released on harassment complaints; ex-lottery executive accused of groping
The staff had just launched a huge project and it was time to celebrate: A shindig at the Maxwell House hotel.
There was fun. There was drinking. There was dancing. But some of the female workers complained that things went too far.
A male executive grabbed me on my butt, one woman later reported. It was long enough to know his hand was there. Immediately pushed him away and moved.
The scene was th ...
May 31, 2006, 8:55 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery transfers nearly $80 million to education
The Tennessee Lottery is giving the state $79.6 million for education today, a record for a single quarter since the lottery began more than two years ago, lottery officials announced.
Since the games' inception, $567 million has been raised for education. Most of that has gone into an education account paying for college scholarships. Of the total, $8.9 million has gone into the after-school program account.
Net sales for the third quarter, Jan. 1-March 31, were $265.9 million, bringing t ...
Apr 17, 2006, 1:54 pm - Lottery News forum