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Tennessee Lottery officials respond to lawsuit

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The Tennessee Attorney General's office says a Fayetteville man can't sue the lottery on grounds he could have won a million dollars.

The state also claims in its motion filed last week that the lawsuit by Dennis Perry was filed in the wrong county and any damages would be "purely speculative."

Perry won 10 thousand dollars in the lottery's first one million dollar drawing on June 26th.

He sued after the lottery failed to follow the rules it set for the drawing. He claims that it eliminated the randomness of the dvent and is seeking 990 thousand dollars in damages.

Perry has said he hasn't spent any of his winnings and won't until the case is decided.

A hearing on the state's motion to dismiss the case is scheduled for October 11th in Lincoln County.


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4 comments. Last comment 13 years ago by hypersoniq.
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United States
Member #379
June 5, 2002
11296 Posts
Posted: September 7, 2004, 4:22 pm - IP Logged

He won $10,000, rather than "10 thousand dollars".

    fja's avatar - gnome1

    United States
    Member #91
    January 19, 2002
    12704 Posts
    Posted: September 9, 2004, 10:37 am - IP Logged

    alot of sloppy lottery drawings lately!!!

    "Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields                      


      United States
      Member #972
      December 30, 2002
      468 Posts
      Posted: September 10, 2004, 1:30 pm - IP Logged

      The fact is the state didn't follow the stated rules of the game and he didn't win. No one can say if nerfarious behavior or favoritism was involved, but it certainly seems suspicious and he doesn't deserve to have his shot at $1 million blown in such a way - I guarantee anyone here would be raging mad at losing in such a way. All he should have to prove is the state didn't follow the game's rules, not that the way it was done was still "random".  What if the state allowed him to pick again in a totally random way and gave him the prize that he picked?

        hypersoniq's avatar - 8ball
        United States
        Member #1340
        April 6, 2003
        2450 Posts
        Posted: September 12, 2004, 2:54 pm - IP Logged

        the problem with this is that the other contestants already got paid...

        The lottery not following it's own guidelines is bad business, perhaps the kind of thing that triggers an administrative audit.

        the only way to fairly resolve this (which is the lottery commission's fault, BTW) is to bring back the 2nd and 3rd place winner.... and let them pick one of 3 envelopes again... in 2 separate picks (one each, can't get more random than that...

        3rd place winner already won 10k, so he would have one envelope with $1 million, 1 with $25,000 and one with nothing (because he already won 3rd place)

        2nd place winner has 3 envelopes, 1 with $1,000,000 and 2 with nothing (because they already took 2nd)

        1st place winner gets to keep and enjoy the $1,000,000

        Let Fate decide how much the lottery commission gets penalized for not following their own rules, and the element of chance still exists, so it's not a guaranteed victory for the affected players.

        If the other 2 win $1,000,000... I'll bet the lottery is MUCH more careful... since they win every game in the end, it's not an undue burden and it would reflect positively on them for rectifying their foul-up.

        That would be the FAIR thing to do...

        Playing more than one ticket per game is betting against yourself.