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
Tennessee Lottery Sales Exceed $2 Billion
Exactly two years and two months since the launch of the Tennessee Lottery, ticket sales surpassed the $2 billion sales mark.
This milestone is a clear indication that Tennessee continues to embrace the games, said Rebecca Paul, President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery. While players and retailers have benefited significantly, it's education in Tennessee that remains the biggest winner of all.
As of midnight, March 20, the Lottery reports gross ticket sales of $2,000,324,642. Instant ...
Mar 22, 2006, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee lottery player wins $1.2 million Powerball prize
A player in Manchester, Tennessee, will win $1.2 million after Saturday night's Powerball drawing.
The player is one of five Tennessee Powerball players who matched all five white balls correctly; on top of the usual $200,000 prize, these players win an additional $467,142 Bonus Prize created with the record-breaking jackpot amount.
The Manchester player, however, also chose the Power Play option which means the prize will be increased by the Bonus Prize and the multiplier of four for a g ...
Feb 21, 2006, 10:20 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee lottery winner sues state
A woman who won a Tennseess Lottery scratch-off ticket worth over $1 million has sued the state for preventing her from assigning some of her winnings to a financial company in return for a lump sum payout.
Like other instant lottery winners, Ethel Newberry of Palmrya wasn't given the option to get the bulk of her winnings in cash up front. Instead, she gets annual payments of about $52,000 a year for a minimum of 20 years.
Newberry is asking the Davidson County Chancery Court to allow he ...
Feb 14, 2006, 11:51 am - Lottery News forum
Judge questions Tenn. Lottery's handling of harassment investigation
A judge said a Tennessee Lottery investigation of workplace harassment violated due process and questioned whether it justified forcing a high-ranking lottery official out of his job.The comments Wednesday by Davidson County Chancellor Carol McCoy in an open records case provide the most details so far on the dismissal of Steve Adams from his job as the lottery's chief administrative officer after a harassment investigation.Adams has denied he harassed anyone, and lottery executives have said li ...
Jan 20, 2006, 6:51 am - Lottery News forum