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Today the Tennessee Lottery rescinded its offer from last week to refund tickets purchased with the wrong jackpot amount listed.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
Tennessee Lottery players unanimous in their discontent with drawings
Reder Views: Do you have faith in the Tennessee Lottery?
Managers of the Tennessee Lottery must think those playing the lottery are either awfully naive or just plain dumb. Why? It appears to me that winners of future lotteries will no longer be just because of honest luck.
Changing the method from purely chance - that is, from air- blown pingpong balls rolling down chutes (unless they already have been cheating by adding weights to some pingpong balls) to a programmed computer approach ...
Sep 2, 2007, 9:32 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery 'glitch' leaves players suspicious
Brentwood lottery player Wil Prude thinks the computers that draw random numbers for the Tennessee Lottery's Cash 3 and Cash 4 games still have not been repaired.
Lottery officials announced Aug. 21 that a glitch in the system had been corrected one that prevented duplicate numbers, such as 1-1-3, from being drawn as winning combinations for the previous three weeks.
But Prude, who plays Cash 3 every day, is among the players whose confidence in the game is now shaken. He says the mach ...
Sep 2, 2007, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery created discontent with move to computerized drawings
Lottery should not have ended drawings
By Larry Duck
When the Tennessee Lottery started drawing the numbers by computer software, did you know they were doing away with the ball drawings?
I could hear a great cry from loyal lottery players. People who have been playing the lottery for many years must have felt betrayed by the lottery, as they were not properly informed that this was going to happen. No constituent votes were taken and no polls conducted the lottery just made its decisio ...
Sep 2, 2007, 8:01 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery CEO breaks silence on drawing errors
Lottery is committed to accountability
By REBECCA HARGROVE (Tennessee Lottery President and CEO)
and DENNIS BOTTORFF (Chairman of the Board of Directors)
When Tennessee voters called for the creation of a state lottery in November 2002, two things were on most people's minds: Millions in funding for new, specific programs to improve education, and a form of entertainment that would provide cash prizes and other economic benefits to the state.
Nearly five years later, the Tennessee Educ ...
Sep 2, 2007, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
Newspaper Editorial: Biggest error was switching to computerized draws
Players won't participate in a lottery they can't trust
By Tennessean Editorial Staff
September 2, 2007
Today's Topic: When a glitch hits the lottery
Any game of chance needs a high level of trust.
Trust was missing during a recent stretch in the Tennessee Lottery when players who bet on digits showing up more than once were literally shut out of a chance to win because of a computer glitch. The glitch meant that people who bet on repeating numbers in the Cash 3 and Cash ...
Sep 2, 2007, 7:04 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery says duplicate numbers drawn were legit; can we be sure?
Strange drawing results come right after revelation of weeks of flawed drawings
The Tennessee Lottery's Cash 3 game had the exact same winning number in both the midday and evening drawings Thursday.
Kym Gerlock, vice president of communications for the Tennessee Lottery, said the reappearance of number 940 was random chance.
It was not an error. It's rare, but it does happen, Gerlock said. Each drawing is a totally separate instance and one is not related to another.
Gerlock sai ...
Aug 31, 2007, 8:19 pm - Lottery News forum