Arkansas watches as Tenn rethinks lottery scholarships
If Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's push for a state lottery is successful, Arkansas legislators may want to consider Tennessee's dilemma before writing rules for spending proceeds that would be earmarked exclusively for college scholarships.
Arkansas' eastern neighbor is struggling with what to do with an unintended $460 million surplus from that state's version of a scholarship lottery. Part of the problem is that many scholarship recipients have not been able to maintain grades good enough to keep t ...
Apr 14, 2008, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery computerized drawings under suspicion again
Lottery draws same numbers 3 days in a row; same thing happened last month
When will the Tenn. Lottery dump the computer draws?
Seven was a lucky number for Tennessee lottery players last week. A very, very, very lucky number.
For three consecutive days, the winning ticket in the Cash 3 drawing was some combination of two sevens and a zero. Thursday, the winning Cash 3 number at midday was 0-7-7. Friday, the winning midday number was 7-0-7. And Saturday evening, the winning number was a ...
Apr 8, 2008, 8:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery a step closer to restoring real drawings
A Tennessee House panel has advanced a proposal to require the state lottery to abandon computerized drawings for its games.
House Minority Leader Jason Mumpower, a Bristol Republican, says he sponsored the manual drawings measure in response to a loss in consumer confidence following a computer programming error last year.
The glitch prevented duplicate numbers to be drawn for nearly a month.
Lottery officials estimate it would cost about $5 million a year to return to drawing numbered ...
Apr 2, 2008, 11:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Tenn. lawmakers want to force lottery to drop computer draws
There is new discussion in the Tennessee Legislature about the possibility of the state lottery going back to using ping-pong balls to select the Cash 3 and Cash 4 winners.
In 2007, a computer programming error prevented anyone who played repeated digits, such as two fives in a row, from winning.
The error was discovered Aug. 20 when lottery officials contacted the system designer, Smartplay, about their concerns.
The lottery is asking Smartplay, and the company that certified the syste ...
Mar 26, 2008, 9:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery audit: players spent $2 million on worthless tickets
Lottery responded too slowly; problem fixed 10 minutes after finding it
The Tennessee Lottery made a series of missteps and oversights after a software glitch began generating faulty winning numbers last year, and players bought about $2 million worth of unwinnable tickets before the error was found, according to a state audit.
The sweeping audit from state Comptroller John G. Morgan reviewed the entire episode between July 28 and Aug. 20, when a programming glitch caused no duplicate digi ...
Mar 19, 2008, 10:48 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery creates four instant millionaires
The Tennessee Lottery held its second-ever Million $ Madness raffle drawing yesterday, which instantly created four millionaires.
The winning numbers can be found here:
In addition to four $1 million top prizes, Million $ Madness also awards ten $10,000 prizes and 500 $100 prizes.
There were also seven Early Bird drawings conducted in November and December. Each Early Bird drawing awarded one $1,000 prize and nine $100 pr ...
Jan 23, 2008, 11:21 am - Lottery News forum
Newspaper editorial in favor of authentic lottery drawings
Lottery balls are preferred
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
People do not completely trust computers. They may use them for work and for pleasure, but they don't have absolute confidence in them or in those who program them.
When it comes to the state lottery, confidence was shaken more because of a malfunction regarding the lottery's new random-number-generating computers. For weeks last summer, the Cash 3 and Cash 4 games would not produce re ...
Jan 16, 2008, 11:24 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. lawmakers trying to force lottery to switch back to real draws
Bills filed in legislature; supported by Senate and House leadership
The Tennessee state legislature may force the state lottery to return to using numbered balls to select winners for the Cash 3 and Cash 4 games.
Legislative leaders have expressed concern about the lottery's switch to computerized drawings, especially after a computer glitch last year.
Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, and Rep. Jason Mumpower, R-Bristol, the House's minority leader, have filed bills to require the lott ...
Jan 12, 2008, 11:18 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Gov. wants to spend lottery reserve
Excess money would be distributed to school districts
Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen said Thursday the state lottery's huge cash reserves need to be distributed.
Bredesen, a Democrat, has abandoned last year's proposal to create a $100 million pool that would have served as collateral to improve credit ratings for school districts, he told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday.
The legislature wanted to spend it, they didn't want to put it aside to enhance credit, Bredesen said. ...
Jan 11, 2008, 7:12 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery glitch parade marches on
Lottery calls first glitch of the new year 'minor'
The new year brought another glitch to the Tennessee lottery, this time with a miscounting Web site clock.
The clock is supposed to show the number of days until the Jan. 22 grand prize drawing for the Million $ Madness game.
Instead, as the new year dawned, the clock began showing the wrong number of days.
It was showing 86 days when James Hawkins logged on to the Web site about 5:30 p.m. New Year's Day.
Although the clock show ...
Jan 2, 2008, 10:40 pm - Lottery News forum