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Tenn. lawmakers trying to force lottery to switch back to real draws

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Bills filed in legislature; supported by Senate and House leadership

The Tennessee state legislature may force the state lottery to return to using numbered balls to select winners for the Cash 3 and Cash 4 games.

Legislative leaders have expressed concern about the lottery's switch to computerized drawings, especially after a computer glitch last year.

Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, and Rep. Jason Mumpower, R-Bristol, the House's minority leader, have filed bills to require the lottery to use numbered balls, not computers, to draw winning numbers.

House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh, D-Covington, and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, back the effort.

"If the balls dropping gives the people a better comfort level that it's being run right, then I think that's where we ought to go," Naifeh said last week. He's not convinced by the lottery's argument that it would cost $5.5 million to return to the pingpong ball drawings. "I don't understand that," Naifeh said.

The lottery's random-number-generating computers malfunctioned last summer, rendering them incapable of drawing repeating digits as winners in the Cash 3 and Cash 4 games. The problem wasn't discovered for several weeks.

Gov. Phil Bredesen told The Tennessean on Friday that he won't resist efforts by the legislature to return to numbered balls for lottery drawings, although he believes public confidence remains high in the computerized system.

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Posted: January 12, 2008, 12:03 pm - IP Logged

give us our balls back!!Green laugh...lottery balls that is...

If you know your number is going to hit, have patience and then KILL IT!

You never know when you will get another hit.

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    Posted: January 12, 2008, 12:03 pm - IP Logged

    Great to read this!! There's no way it would cost 5.5 million to go back to the ball drawings.  As for the glitch, I believe they will find one now if they looked.  Strange things with the pick 3 for a few months now!! Paul-Hargrove needs to go!!!Sulk Off

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      Posted: January 12, 2008, 1:20 pm - IP Logged

      bring back the ball drawings

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        Posted: January 12, 2008, 1:38 pm - IP Logged

        This is great news to read.... Not as good as reading that the vtrac result/search engine was ready here at the LP... but still great news indeed.

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          Posted: January 12, 2008, 2:15 pm - IP Logged

          Bananayeaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!

          Oogle  waiting patiently for my jackpot

            four4me's avatar - gate1
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            Posted: January 12, 2008, 2:16 pm - IP Logged

            This is good news for Tennesseans everyone there should write, email or call their representatives. Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, and Rep. Jason Mumpower, R-Bristol, let them know you are for the ball drawings and against the computer generated drawings. If you stop pushing the issue then most likely they will have a difficult time bantering with Hargrove.

            Whats important here is governor Phil Bredesen know what he believes isn't quite accurate about the peoples/players confidence concerning the computerized system. Send him a message as well that the players want the computerized drawings done away with indefinitely. And restore the televised ball drawings.

            The general public might not care one way or the other it's the players who must make him realize that ball drawings are the players choice and that choice should have been up to the players not Hargrove or her staff. 
             

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              Posted: January 12, 2008, 2:41 pm - IP Logged

              Petition

               

              Petition to return to ball drawings.

              We the people of Tennessee would like very much that the Governor and elected officials of our state. Petition Rebecca Hargrove the lottery director of the state of Tennessee and it‘s staff. To re implement the ball drawings and do away with the computerized drawings for pick 3/4/5 games. Signed herein

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                Posted: January 12, 2008, 6:09 pm - IP Logged

                Great to read this!! There's no way it would cost 5.5 million to go back to the ball drawings.  As for the glitch, I believe they will find one now if they looked.  Strange things with the pick 3 for a few months now!! Paul-Hargrove needs to go!!!Sulk Off

                I agree --- Paul-Hargrove needs to go ! ! !

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                  Posted: January 12, 2008, 6:36 pm - IP Logged

                  WOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!Hurray!

                   

                   

                  Good luck to all who play.

                   

                  IMGONNAWIN......SOON!!!

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                    Posted: January 12, 2008, 7:53 pm - IP Logged

                    Who the Sam-Hill is Paul Hargrove???????

                                                                 

                                                                   " You can not control the Wind, but you can direct the Sail "

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                      Posted: January 12, 2008, 8:33 pm - IP Logged

                      Who the Sam-Hill is Paul Hargrove???????

                      The woman who took away our balls.

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                        Posted: January 12, 2008, 8:47 pm - IP Logged

                        Who the Sam-Hill is Paul Hargrove???????

                        here she is

                        http://www.tnlottery.com/aboutus/president_bio.aspx

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                          Posted: January 12, 2008, 8:49 pm - IP Logged

                          The woman who took away our balls.

                          Just U wait til dat woman hear's

                          FROM:  HILLARY (YOY HEAR>>>>>>)

                          HILL is going to give us.....BALL's !!!!

                          & Happy Day's & Nite's

                          AGAIN...& AGAIN & AGAIN>>

                          PartyPartyLet It All OutBananaLet It All Out       LOL

                          PSYKOMO 

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                            Posted: January 12, 2008, 9:04 pm - IP Logged

                            The woman who took away our balls.

                            I knew about Rebecca, but not Paul. Maybe she don't know which way to Swiiiiiiiiiiinnnnng....!

                                                                         

                                                                           " You can not control the Wind, but you can direct the Sail "