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Tennessee Lottery glitch parade marches on
Lottery calls first glitch of the new year 'minor' The new year brought another glitch to the Tennessee lottery, this time with a miscounting Web site clock. The clock is supposed to show the number of days until the Jan. 22 grand prize drawing for the Million $ Madness game. Instead, as the new year dawned, the clock began showing the wrong number of days. It was showing 86 days when James Hawkins logged on to the Web site about 5:30 p.m. New Year's Day. Although the clock show ...
Jan 2, 2008, 10:40 pm - Lottery News forum

Lottery may be top talk among Tennessee legislators this session
Recent questions about the Tennessee state lottery could become political football in the upcoming legislative session. Monday, state lottery officials tried to assure lawmakers that a summer glitch will not happen again. Some, like House Leader and state representative Jason Mumpower, aren't buying the answers. Of the $3.7 billion in total sales, approximately $2 billion of that has been awarded to players but most importantly we have raised $1 billion for the education program that ...
Dec 11, 2007, 7:32 pm - Lottery News forum

NY Lottery says it goofed: Mahopac winner got $31 million after taxes
The New York State Lottery has acknowledged that it made a $14 million mistake when it announced the amount of last week's Mega Millions award to a Putnam County man at Grand Central Terminal. The winning ticket bought by William James Albertson from Mahopac actually brought him an after-tax prize of $30.7 million. At the big announcement, presided over by Lottery Director Gordon Medenica and Lottery announcers Yolanda Vega and Ralph Buckley, Lottery staff told reporters that Albertson would ...
Nov 16, 2007, 8:29 pm - Lottery News forum

Tennessee Lottery oversight meeting delayed
Update (Nov. 9, 2007, 11:18 am): See below for rescheduled date and time. The Joint Lottery Oversight Committee in Tennessee, which was scheduled to meet this month to discuss the many problems recently plaguing the Tennessee Lottery, has been delayed. The meeting was originally scheduled for November 26th. According to a note sent by a co-chair's staff member, the delay is due to the fact that two ongoing audits have not yet been completed. Both audits will be discussed at the upcomin ...
Nov 8, 2007, 4:57 pm - Lottery News forum

Tenn. Lottery asks firms to pay cost for error
Letters seeking $1.4 million are sent to 2 vendors Tennessee Lottery officials have asked two vendors to pay a total of $1.4 million to make up for losses caused by a computer coding error that compromised the Cash 3 and Cash 4 games in August. Lottery CEO Rebecca Paul Hargrove and two board members disclosed the figure during a meeting Tuesday with The Tennessean's editorial board. Letters demanding the payment were sent to Smartplay International, the vendor that supplied the computer ...
Oct 31, 2007, 7:35 am - Lottery News forum

Tenn. Lottery CEO claims sales unhurt by numerous errors
Tennessee Lottery chief Rebecca Hargrove said Monday there's no sign that players have lost confidence despite a daily drawings computer glitch. A July switch to computerized drawings had incorrectly prevented repeat numbers in the drawings until a programming error was fixed in August. The error meant that no winning draw included duplicate numerals, so any ticket holder who had bet on a number like 2-2-1 or 7-7-7-7 wasn't going to win. But quarterly sales for Cash 3 tickets sales rose 5 ...
Oct 29, 2007, 11:01 pm - Lottery News forum

Tenn. players picked up on new odds before lottery revealed glitch
Updated! Includes illustrative charts below. Somebody knew. Or somebody caught on. An analysis of 55 million tickets played in the Cash 3 and Cash 4 lottery games shows that in August, more people started playing the numbers most likely to come up. That is the time period when a glitch in a new computerized system of picking numbers prevented duplicating combinations such as 1-1-2 or 3-3-3-3 from being drawn. A Tennessean computer analysis indicates that players either knew or figu ...
Oct 28, 2007, 7:43 am - Lottery News forum

TENNESSEE LOTTERY MAY BE FORCED BACK TO REAL DRAWINGS
Updated Oct. 9, 2007, 12:58 am Lawmaker eyes legislation to get rid of computer draws 'The integrity of our lottery drawings has been compromised in the minds of lottery players.' One Tennessee state legislator could step into the latest Tennessee Lottery controversy, and solve it with one stroke of the pen. House Minority Leader Jason Mumpower is looking to introduce legislation that would rid the lottery of computerized drawings. He wants the drawings back to how they were, befo ...
Oct 9, 2007, 12:49 am - Lottery News forum

Tenn. Lottery CEO claims recent errors didn't hurt sales
Lottery sponsor questions move to computerized drawings Three recent mistakes made by the Tennessee Lottery have not hurt ticket sales, the lottery's president and CEO said, but the legislator who led the effort to create the lottery questions the lottery's move to computerized drawings. At this point, sales in our products are up, so it hasn't had any impact that we can measure at all, Rebecca Hargrove said Wednesday. We're almost 4 years old, and we've had three incidences, which if t ...
Oct 7, 2007, 9:26 am - Lottery News forum

Tennessee Lottery: confusion not being cleared up
Lottery CEO not making audit intentions clear The Tennessee Lottery is investigating a handful of glitches since changing the system for pulling winning numbers to a computer, but then again, are they really? That's a question that nobody outside the lottery seems to know the answer to for sure. State Senator Bill Ketron, the co-chair of the Lottery Oversight Committee, is calling for a complete audit of lottery procedures. We want to go back and look at all the processes up till w ...
Oct 4, 2007, 6:30 pm - Lottery News forum