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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

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

Tenn Lottery spokeswoman said no chance of drawing error
Lottery Post Exclusive 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

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

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

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

Glitch Delays Jersey Cash 5 Lottery Drawing
A mechanical glitch forced New Jersey Lottery officials to manually draw the winning numbers for the Jersey Cash 5 game on Friday night. The machine containing those game balls jammed, so they followed the emergency procedures, which call for an off-air manual drawing that is observed by the independent auditor, New Jersey Lottery spokesman Dominick DeMarco said. It was not immediately clear what caused the problem, or whether a similar machine problem had ever previously affected a New
Jun 16, 2007, 12:33 pm - Lottery News

Lottery dream shattered for N.C. couple
Randolph and Sandra Whitehead planned to get out of their small house, buy a car they could depend on and pay their bills. After all, they had just won $250,000 in the North Carolina lottery. But those dreams came crashing down when their road to riches took a sudden U-turn. On May 1, Randolph Whitehead bought a scratch-off ticket at the Rocky Mount BP station on Centura Highway. They had the surprise of their lives. Me and her looked at it together, Randolph said. I put on my glasse
May 26, 2007, 10:51 am - Lottery News

Florida Lottery won't pay $500,000 winner, called 'misprint'
A Florida couple says they have a winning lottery ticket and they want their money, but the the Florida Lottery Commission isn't paying. Ocala resident Joe Curcio thought he hit the jackpot on a scratch-off ticket that shows a prize of $500,000. When he tried to claim his prize he received nothing at the lottery office. Curcio said he bought a legitimate lottery ticket at the Turnpike rest area at Fort Drum. The state said the ticket had a misprint on it. Curcio and his family s
May 16, 2007, 8:27 am - Lottery News

Broken ball prompts 2nd Penn. Lottery drawing, 2 sets of winners
Lottery players in Pennsylvania got a second chance to win after officials discovered a ball used in the MATCH 6 lotto drawing had broken into pieces. A second off-air drawing was held Tuesday night and the state said it would pay off winning tickets for both sets of numbers. No one won the $550,000 jackpot. But more than 200,000 winners in the two drawings will get anywhere from $2 to $2,500, according to the lottery's online statistics. The first total payout was $366,805; the second
May 2, 2007, 8:08 pm - Lottery News