FLASH: Tennessee Lottery audit won't investigate drawing errors
Out-of-control situation gets worse
Legislators shocked to learn investigation won't study why errors occurred
The Tennessee Lottery hired an outside auditor after a computer issue affected the Cash 3 and Cash 4 games in August, but the auditor will not examine why the system failed.
Lottery officials previously said KPMG would be paid about $90,000 to look into the problem that kept repeat numbers from being drawn for those games for more than three weeks in August.
But a letter ob ...
Oct 3, 2007, 12:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery to hold "Deal Or No Deal" event
One of 26 grand prize finalists will walk away $100,000 richer on Friday as the Tennessee Lottery wraps up its initial version of the instant ticket game, Deal or No Deal.
The event, which will be held at the Lottery's Nashville headquarters at 2 p.m., won't leave any of the finalists empty-handed. The Lottery is also awarding a briefcase and $250 to the remaining 25 players and an additional $2,400 prize to one of those 25 players (other than the grand prize winner).
In addition to the ...
Sep 26, 2007, 10:08 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery oversight committee to convene in November
By Todd Northrop
Accounting firm to audit lottery and provide results to committee
Following a disastrous couple of months for Tennessee Lottery, the legislature has decided to convene a meeting of the Oversight Committee and audit the lottery's operations.
Senator Bill Ketron and Representative Ulysses Jones are co-chairs of the committee.
According to a staffer in Senator Ketron's office, the committee has met several times in the past, mainly to discuss issues related to education ...
Sep 20, 2007, 11:22 am - Lottery News forum
Is the lottery shortchanging schools?
According to the North American Assoc. of State and Provincial Lotteries, 42 states and the District of Columbia run lotteries, and more than half claim the games boost funding for education. But CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian found that lotteries aren't exactly providing a windfall for schools.
If you listen to state lottery ads, we're supposed to believe that all the numbers are supposedly adding up to more and more money for education.
Lotteries help, but n ...
Sep 19, 2007, 12:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee House Speaker backs lottery oversight meeting
By Todd Northrop
Lottery Post feature: See the actual letter from Senator Kyle
A meeting of the Tennessee Lottery Oversight Committee inched one step closer today, as Speaker of the House James Naifeh, D-Covington, indicated his support for the meeting, according to an advisor for Senator James Kyle, D-Memphis.
Sen. Kyle sent letters Last Friday to the Speakers of the House and Senate, requesting a meeting of the oversight committee as soon as possible, after the Tennessee Lotteries ...
Sep 18, 2007, 10:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Another day another mistake for the Tennessee Lottery
Can it be possible?
It appears that once again the Tennessee Lottery has made a mistake so glaring it requires them to pay out two sets of midday numbers.
The lottery spokepeople must be getting tired of the mistakes too, because they didn't even attempt an explanation this time.
A terse statement on the Tennessee Lottery web site Monday evening reads as follows:
The official midday Cash 3 and Cash 4 numbers for Sept. 17, 2007 are 133 for Cash 3 and 6121 for Cash 4. Players can clai ...
Sep 17, 2007, 9:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery on the hot seat
Tennessee State Senator Jim Kyle, D-Memphis, has asked House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh, D-Covington, and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, to convene the Joint Lottery Oversight Committee as soon as possible to get the lowdown on recent incidents at the Tennessee Education Lottery.
This week it was reported that a misprint on Lotto 5, Cash 3 and Cash 4 tickets gave the wrong jackpot for last Saturday night's Powerball drawing. Instead of $15 million, the tickets showed $29 million. The ...
Sep 15, 2007, 11:44 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery takes back refund offer
Today the Tennessee Lottery rescinded its offer from last week to refund tickets purchased with the wrong jackpot amount listed.
In a release issued on their web site, the Tennessee Lottery emphatically stated, The Tennessee Lottery is not offering refunds for Powerball tickets purchased last week.
The Lottery regrets any confusion or inconvenience created by recent reports concerning some tickets sold on Sept. 6 and the morning of Sept. 7, 2007.
The lottery stated that players have ...
Sep 14, 2007, 2:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee rep calls for lottery oversight meeting
Update: (Sep. 17, 2007, 11:15 am) Correction of Sen. Kyle's office number.
Editor: Lottery Post urges its readers to immediately contact Sen. Kyle at (615) 741-4167 to let him know what you think of computerized drawings in the state of Tennessee, and that you want real lottery drawings reinstated. Ask Sen. Kyle to visit www.lotterypost.com to see for himself what players are saying about computerized drawings and the lottery.
Citing concerns that recent operational missteps could damage ...
Sep 14, 2007, 9:54 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery: Curse of the computerized drawings?
Again, blames a vendor
Ever since the Tennessee Lottery switched to computerized drawings, they have suffered one mishap after another.
Some Powerball players will get refunds because of a misprint on Lotto 5, Cash 3 and Cash 4 tickets that showed last Wednesday's Powerball jackpot at $29 million instead of $15 million.
James Hawkins of Gallatin reported the misprint after stocking up on Powerball tickets Thursday and Friday, then spotting a billboard that didn't jibe with the jackpot ...
Sep 13, 2007, 3:52 pm - Lottery News forum