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Another day another mistake for the Tennessee Lottery

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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 claim prizes at any retailer location. The TEL will also pay players who played the following numbers for the Sept. 17 midday draw: 216 for Cash 3 and and 0573 for Cash 4. Players must mail these tickets to the TEL, P.O. Box 280360, Nashville, TN 37228-0360. Please provide a return address and/or claim form. Thank you."

The unprecedented mistakes made in the last month by the Tennessee Lottery started when they suddenly changed over to computerized drawings, blocking lottery players from seeing how the numbers are drawn. 

Computerized drawings use a computer program to pick the winning numbers, rather than the traditional lottery balls drawn from a tumbler one at a time.

Some lottery players learned of the switch to computerized drawings when the lottery issued a statement on its web site a couple weeks before the changeover.  Other players may have learned about the switch when the drawings ceased to be televised.  And many learned of the changeover when stories started appearing in local media about flawed drawings generated by a computer, in which a high percentage of the tickets sold had absolutely no chance of winning.

Tennessee Senator Kyle Friday wrote letters to the state House and Senate Speakers, asking to urgently convene the Tennessee Lottery oversight committee. 

When Lottery Post contacted Senator Kyle's office this morning, Mike Krause, Policy Advisor for Senator Kyle, said that he expected a meeting to be arranged soon, but the date is not yet set.  The meeting date will be coordinated with the members of committee, who will be coming to Nashville from around the state.

Senator Kyle is asking lottery players who wish to voice their concerns about the Tennessee Lottery to call his office at (615) 741-4167.

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Coastal Georgia
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Posted: September 17, 2007, 9:47 pm - IP Logged

Stooges    < Tennessee Lottery's new mascots

 

                               

              

 

 

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    Posted: September 17, 2007, 10:03 pm - IP Logged

    this states nightmare has to end soon

      Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
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      Posted: September 17, 2007, 10:09 pm - IP Logged

      Lets have a guessing game about what goes wrong next.

      Gonna win.Big Smile

        Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
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        Posted: September 17, 2007, 10:52 pm - IP Logged

        Ok, I think I got something.

        The auditor for the TN lottery gets in a big traffic jam/minor car accident that delays his/her arrival.

        Not only that, the computers for the evening drawings aren't booting properly/the lottery software keeps crashing.

        It's getting close to the deadline, so the TN lottery employees decide to do a ball drawing instead for that night. So they go into the closet an pull out the good ol' ball machines.

        The auditor finally arrives after the drawing has taken place, and decides to do a post investigation of the ball drawing machine, only to find out that there are 3 balls missing from the machine because nobody counted the balls!

        As a result, the next day, when the computers are up and running, the TN lottery performs a secondary drawing for the previous night and posts on their website: "In addition to the official results last night's Lotto 5 evening drawing, we will also honor tickets with the following numbers: 7 13 19 28 33. These winning tickets will need to be claimed by mail".

        I don't know if that's any good, but I gave it a shot. I tried to use my imagination.

        Gonna win.Big Smile

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          Posted: September 18, 2007, 12:12 am - IP Logged

          Ok, I think I got something.

          The auditor for the TN lottery gets in a big traffic jam/minor car accident that delays his/her arrival.

          Not only that, the computers for the evening drawings aren't booting properly/the lottery software keeps crashing.

          It's getting close to the deadline, so the TN lottery employees decide to do a ball drawing instead for that night. So they go into the closet an pull out the good ol' ball machines.

          The auditor finally arrives after the drawing has taken place, and decides to do a post investigation of the ball drawing machine, only to find out that there are 3 balls missing from the machine because nobody counted the balls!

          As a result, the next day, when the computers are up and running, the TN lottery performs a secondary drawing for the previous night and posts on their website: "In addition to the official results last night's Lotto 5 evening drawing, we will also honor tickets with the following numbers: 7 13 19 28 33. These winning tickets will need to be claimed by mail".

          I don't know if that's any good, but I gave it a shot. I tried to use my imagination.

          They'd have to be in a mighty big rush to miss something like missing balls.

          (insert signature here)

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            Downhere, S.C.
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            Posted: September 18, 2007, 12:13 am - IP Logged

            ROFLI Agree!Surrender

            US FlagPlease Pray For Our Troops And Their Families.

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              Posted: September 18, 2007, 12:22 am - IP Logged

              i like to think my lotto not that incompetent

              , to not notice missing ballsEek

              but am starting to have my doubts so to speakDisapprove

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                Roslindale, MA
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                Posted: September 18, 2007, 7:45 am - IP Logged

                According to The Tennessean, someone at the lottery sent out results of one of the test draws out as the acual draw results by mistake:

                 (story link)

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                  Indiana
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                  Posted: September 18, 2007, 9:19 am - IP Logged

                  Just think...if they had televised Ball Drawings this mistake wouldn't have happened.

                  I wonder if the Tennessee Education Lottery will spend some of the money they raise on computer classes for their employees?

                  Jim 


                  Money frees you from doing things you dislike.  Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.  - Groucho Marx

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                    Posted: September 18, 2007, 3:50 pm - IP Logged

                    Just think...if they had televised Ball Drawings this mistake wouldn't have happened.

                    I wonder if the Tennessee Education Lottery will spend some of the money they raise on computer classes for their employees?

                    Jim 

                    LOL--though it's beginning to NOT be funny.

                    One could only hope--hope a taxpayer group sues the TN Lot Com over the funds lost to Tennessee's schools that are having to corrent these mistakes.  When the pocket feels the pinch--perhaps the Lot Com will reconsider (HAH!)

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                      Kentucky
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                      Posted: September 18, 2007, 4:03 pm - IP Logged

                      Just think...if they had televised Ball Drawings this mistake wouldn't have happened.

                      I wonder if the Tennessee Education Lottery will spend some of the money they raise on computer classes for their employees?

                      Jim 

                      In casinos with Keno games, you can watch the draws from your room, but you're not seeing the actual drawing. They show an animated computer program with an 80 number keno grid, the 20 numbers drawn will be shown on a ball in the middle of the screen and the corresponding numbers on the grid will be highlighted. The casinos that use goose neck ball machines probably have somebody enter the numbers into a computer. There is a website that shows drawings from several casinos.

                      http://ww2.kenousa.com/index_kenousa.asp

                      Accuracy depends on casino process and I've seen wrong numbers entered and changed after a double check but before the Keno drawing was declared official. It appears somebody in the Tennessee Lottery gave the wrong numbers to the TV stations, but it doesn't say if the stations showed the drawings.

                      There have been live ball drawings where the host has called the wrong digit or number but those mistakes are easily fixed because the draws were viewed by the players. The Tennessee Lottery did fix this mistake but players must wonder if this was because of the other mistakes.

                      "I wonder if the Tennessee Education Lottery will spend some of the money they raise on computer classes for their employees?"

                      That's not the problem because not very many people see the numbers generated by the computer and none of those people are the players.

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                        Posted: September 18, 2007, 5:18 pm - IP Logged

                        Lets have a guessing game about what goes wrong next.

                        An electrical storm fries the RNG computer in spite of all "safeguards" against this happening.

                        While examing the computer to see how this could possibly happen, it is discovered that a small mouse had also built a nest inside the main CPU.

                        The LC immediately announces that it will pay for all Cash 3 bets upon triples in the next drawing.

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                        Answer: His lips are moving.

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                          Posted: September 18, 2007, 5:21 pm - IP Logged

                          They'd have to be in a mighty big rush to miss something like missing balls.

                          Yeah, and with some of the statements they're making pubicly, I think it shows they've got plenty of balls.

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                          Answer: His lips are moving.

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                            Posted: September 18, 2007, 5:29 pm - IP Logged

                            I thought it was illegal to mail lottery tickets thru the mail! If so they made another mistake, by making people do something illegal.......

                            VAL

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