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 consumer confidence in the Tennessee Education Lottery, Democratic Leader Sen. Jim Kyle today called for a meeting of the General Assembly's Lottery Oversight Committee to be convened as soon as possible.
In a letter to House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, Kyle wrote, "Now that so many Tennesseans depend on lottery funds for higher education, it would be irresponsible for the legislature to allow any ambiguity or loss of confidence in the lottery process."
The Nashville Tennessean reported today that the lottery will have to issue refunds to some Powerball players after Lotto 5, Cash 3, and Cash 4 tickets listed the jackpot for last Wednesday's Powerball as $29 million. The jackpot was actually $15 million. Last month, the lottery was forced to issue refunds after a computer glitch prevented the drawing of duplicate numbers for Cash 3 and Cash 4.
"If lottery players can't be sure that the games are being run properly and fairly, they'll simply quit buying tickets," Kyle said. "If lottery players stop buying tickets, then we aren't raising money to educate our kids. That's the bottom line here."
To contact Sen. Kyle, call (615) 741-4167.