Lottery may be top talk among Tennessee legislators this session
Recent questions about the Tennessee state lottery could become political football in the upcoming legislative session.
Monday, state lottery officials tried to assure lawmakers that a summer glitch will not happen again.
Some, like House Leader and state representative Jason Mumpower, aren't buying the answers.
Of the $3.7 billion in total sales, approximately $2 billion of that has been awarded to players but most importantly we have raised $1 billion for the education program that ...
Dec 11, 2007, 7:32 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery no game for Tennessee executive
Standing recently in Neyland Stadium with roaring University of Tennessee football fans, Rebecca Paul Hargrove, the highflying impresario of legalized gambling, proudly waved a symbolic check for a billion dollars. The moment, captured on jumbo screens across the stadium, was among the countless plugs for the fund-raising prowess of Tennessee's lottery, which Hargrove started four years ago.
As lottery executives go, few can claim her knack for seizing the spotlight. No matter the occasion, H ...
Nov 23, 2007, 10:12 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery oversight meeting delayed
Update (Nov. 9, 2007, 11:18 am): See below for rescheduled date and time.
The Joint Lottery Oversight Committee in Tennessee, which was scheduled to meet this month to discuss the many problems recently plaguing the Tennessee Lottery, has been delayed.
The meeting was originally scheduled for November 26th.
According to a note sent by a co-chair's staff member, the delay is due to the fact that two ongoing audits have not yet been completed. Both audits will be discussed at the upcomin ...
Nov 8, 2007, 4:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Indiana lottery players still hunting year-old jackpot
Lottery Post noted for raising awareness
More than a year has fallen off the calendar since someone last claimed a Hoosier Lotto jackpot, an unprecedented drought that's raising eyebrows in addition to fueling ticket sales and pushing tonight's grand prize to a record $53.5 million.
I just am stunned, said Mike Krueger, a regular Hoosier Lotto player from Whiting. And a lot of other Lottery players and the people at the stores where I play are like, 'Why hasn't it been hit?' Is somet ...
Oct 31, 2007, 10:34 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery refuses to revert to ball drawings
Lottery players won't see any balls popping up with winning Cash 3 and Cash 4 numbers on them, at least not for the time being.
The Tennessee Lottery Board decided Monday to keep using computers to pick numbers in the two games, despite calls for a change back to a ball-draw system.
Board members said they wanted to wait until auditors completed their final reports on a computer coding error that kept non-repeating numbers like 1-1-2 or 5-5-5-5 from being drawn. They also noted that sales ...
Oct 31, 2007, 8:32 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery asks firms to pay cost for error
Letters seeking $1.4 million are sent to 2 vendors
Tennessee Lottery officials have asked two vendors to pay a total of $1.4 million to make up for losses caused by a computer coding error that compromised the Cash 3 and Cash 4 games in August.
Lottery CEO Rebecca Paul Hargrove and two board members disclosed the figure during a meeting Tuesday with The Tennessean's editorial board.
Letters demanding the payment were sent to Smartplay International, the vendor that supplied the computer ...
Oct 31, 2007, 7:35 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery CEO claims sales unhurt by numerous errors
Tennessee Lottery chief Rebecca Hargrove said Monday there's no sign that players have lost confidence despite a daily drawings computer glitch.
A July switch to computerized drawings had incorrectly prevented repeat numbers in the drawings until a programming error was fixed in August. The error meant that no winning draw included duplicate numerals, so any ticket holder who had bet on a number like 2-2-1 or 7-7-7-7 wasn't going to win.
But quarterly sales for Cash 3 tickets sales rose 5 ...
Oct 29, 2007, 11:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Tenn. players picked up on new odds before lottery revealed glitch
Updated! Includes illustrative charts below.
Somebody knew. Or somebody caught on.
An analysis of 55 million tickets played in the Cash 3 and Cash 4 lottery games shows that in August, more people started playing the numbers most likely to come up.
That is the time period when a glitch in a new computerized system of picking numbers prevented duplicating combinations such as 1-1-2 or 3-3-3-3 from being drawn.
A Tennessean computer analysis indicates that players either knew or figu ...
Oct 28, 2007, 7:43 am - Lottery News forum
Lucky 13 win $600,000 Powerball lottery prize
In Tennessee, a pool of 13 lottery players claimed Saturday's $600,000 Powerball prize.
The $600,000 Powerball ticket was sold in Hendersonville. The winning ticket matched the first five Powerball numbers drawn Saturday evening, but did not match the Powerball number.
Normally a ticket matching 5+0 would win $200,000, but the group had also purchased the Power Play option, which multiplies any non-jackpot prize by 2, 3, 4, or 5 times, depending on the spin of a wheel the happens before ...
Oct 25, 2007, 9:10 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee couple accused of stealing thousands of lottery tickets
A Maryville, Tennessee, couple is out on bond after being accused of stealing thousands of lottery tickets.
Linda Dillow, 59, and Charles Dillow, 50, are accused of stealing from the Easy Way Exxon in Maryville, where both worked.
The owner noticed a discrepancy on the books with regard to the number of lottery tickets that had left the story. The owner watched the store's surveillance video to get a better idea of what was going on.
Police say the video showed Linda Dillow stealing $ ...
Oct 16, 2007, 7:56 am - Lottery News forum