Official wants fraud probe of Tennessee Lottery
UPDATED (Aug. 28, 2007, 11:44 am) Internal documents added
The Tennessee Lottery should investigate whether fraud was behind a computer malfunction that affected the results for Cash 3 and Cash 4 games, the lottery board's audit chairman says.
James H. Ripley, a Sevierville attorney who heads the 3-year-old lottery's audit group, said the agency should probe more deeply into why a computer software problem prevented duplicate numbers from being drawn for a three-week period.
A lotter ...
Aug 28, 2007, 9:44 am - Lottery News forum
Engineer reported bad Tenn. Lottery computerized draws
Tennessee Lottery was slow to act, even after repeated warnings from many players; many call for the return of real lottery drawings
The Tennessee Lottery appears to have been slow to investigate reports of a major flaw in its new computerized drawing system, even in the face of multiple warnings from players.
Lee Lemonds and his wife watch The Wheel of Fortune every night and because the lottery drawing comes on the same television station, they usually see it as well.
It didn't take ...
Aug 24, 2007, 11:29 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn Lottery spokeswoman said no chance of drawing error
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By Todd Northrop
In early August, when Tennessee Lottery players began seeing the effects of the state's new computerized drawing system, and didn't like what they saw, the lottery's spokeswoman responded with reassuring words.
Now she is forced to eat those words.
The security and integrity of our games is of utmost importance, said Kym Gerlock, a spokeswoman for the Lottery. There's no reason to doubt these drawings or question the integrity of how we do th ...
Aug 23, 2007, 4:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Players warned lottery about tickets flaw
Tennessee lottery players say they warned lottery officials more than 10 days ago that a new computerized system to pick random numbers in the Cash 3 and Cash 4 games appeared to be malfunctioning.
They say they were ignored for days while a computer software glitch kept duplicate numbers from being drawn in the games. That meant players who picked numbers like 6-6-9 in Cash 3 or 5-5-5-3 in Cash 4 had no chance of winning.
Lottery officials announced Tuesday that the glitch had been correc ...
Aug 23, 2007, 11:00 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery glitch shuts out players
Robert Johnson's lucky number is typically 909, but not this month.
The Nashville man has played the Tennessee Lottery's Cash 3 game twice a day, every day this month, and his numbers haven't come up.
Turns out, they couldn't have. A computer programming error has prevented any number from being selected more than once in Cash 3 and Cash 4 drawings over the past three weeks, the Tennessee Lottery said Tuesday.
The error meant that no winning draw included duplicate numerals, so any tic ...
Aug 22, 2007, 10:50 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery computerized drawings flawed since inception
Lottery throws all blame on a contractor; players bear the brunt
By Todd Northrop
A month ago, Tennessee Lottery officials claimed the state's new computerized drawings would be exciting .
What Tennessee lottery players got instead were buggy, unfair drawings, in which almost half the numbers people picked had no chance whatsoever of winning.
The severely flawed drawings have been happening every day since computerized drawings replaced the lottery's real mechanical ball drawings mo ...
Aug 21, 2007, 7:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery players complaining over switch from numbered balls
Thanks to the Tennessee Lottery's unilateral decision to abandon traditional lottery drawings using numbered balls to pick the winning numbers on television, many players have decided to stop playing.
The Tennessee Lottery now has computers generate random numbers instead of the player-preferred televised drawings.
Lottery officials say the new system is as secure as the old one. Many players don't like the change, though.
I don't trust the computerized drawings, said Nashville reside ...
Aug 8, 2007, 3:44 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery threatens to go computerized
Web site press release reveals plan is it a trial balloon or just bad news?
By Todd Northrop
Tennessee Lottery issued a statement on their web site that threatens to bring unpopular computerized drawings to the state.
The upstart lottery, which in relative terms is still attempting to gain solid footing in the industry, made the announcement despite numerous player polls showing mistrust and discontent with the faux drawings.
The lottery claims computerized drawings are exciting , al ...
Jul 16, 2007, 5:25 pm - Lottery News forum
$1 million lottery ticket was overlooked for weeks
Tennessee man carried winning raffle ticket in his wallet
It was a little surreal.
That was the reaction Kathy Checchin of Murfreesboro had when her husband, Rick, called to tell her they were million-dollar winners in the Tennessee Lottery.
(Winning numbers: http://www.lotterypost.com/tn-lottery-raffle-2007-05-14.asp)
Her husband won the money May 14 in the Million $ Madness drawing. He just didn't know he had until Thursday.
I bought the tickets and just held onto them. I stu ...
Jun 22, 2007, 12:21 pm - Lottery News forum
First 2 winners of $1 million lottery prizes come forward
Burt Isabell had this reaction Tuesday when he learned he'd won $1 million in the Tennessee Lottery: I just started hollering, 'You're looking at a millionaire!'
No one half-believed me, he said. Then I showed 'em the ticket and of course they asked to borrow some money.
Isabell, of Sylacauga, Ala., and David Smith of the Old Hickory section of Nashville were the first of four winners to come forward to claim their $1 million in the state's first Million $ Madness game. The other t ...
May 16, 2007, 7:19 am - Lottery News forum