Tennessee Lottery computerized drawings under suspicion again
Lottery draws same numbers 3 days in a row; same thing happened last month
When will the Tenn. Lottery dump the computer draws?
Seven was a lucky number for Tennessee lottery players last week. A very, very, very lucky number.
For three consecutive days, the winning ticket in the Cash 3 drawing was some combination of two sevens and a zero. Thursday, the winning Cash 3 number at midday was 0-7-7. Friday, the winning midday number was 7-0-7. And Saturday evening, the winning number was a ...
Apr 8, 2008, 8:26 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. Lottery conducts first Pick 3 Midday drawing
The North Carolina Education Lottery on Monday launched its second daily Carolina Pick 3 game.
Drawings are now held at 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, in addition to the existing 11:22 p.m. drawing, held every day including Sundays.
The first winning number for the afternoon ( midday ) drawing was 672.
Players have been asking us to add another drawing, so we expect it to be good for sales, lottery director Tom Shaheen said in a statement. Increased sales should mean more money fo ...
Mar 31, 2008, 3:56 pm - Lottery News forum
Tenn. lawmakers want to force lottery to drop computer draws
There is new discussion in the Tennessee Legislature about the possibility of the state lottery going back to using ping-pong balls to select the Cash 3 and Cash 4 winners.
In 2007, a computer programming error prevented anyone who played repeated digits, such as two fives in a row, from winning.
The error was discovered Aug. 20 when lottery officials contacted the system designer, Smartplay, about their concerns.
The lottery is asking Smartplay, and the company that certified the syste ...
Mar 26, 2008, 9:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery audit: players spent $2 million on worthless tickets
Lottery responded too slowly; problem fixed 10 minutes after finding it
The Tennessee Lottery made a series of missteps and oversights after a software glitch began generating faulty winning numbers last year, and players bought about $2 million worth of unwinnable tickets before the error was found, according to a state audit.
The sweeping audit from state Comptroller John G. Morgan reviewed the entire episode between July 28 and Aug. 20, when a programming glitch caused no duplicate digi ...
Mar 19, 2008, 10:48 am - Lottery News forum
Newspaper editorial in favor of authentic lottery drawings
Lottery balls are preferred
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
People do not completely trust computers. They may use them for work and for pleasure, but they don't have absolute confidence in them or in those who program them.
When it comes to the state lottery, confidence was shaken more because of a malfunction regarding the lottery's new random-number-generating computers. For weeks last summer, the Cash 3 and Cash 4 games would not produce re ...
Jan 16, 2008, 11:24 am - Lottery News forum
NC lottery to begin Pick 3 midday game in spring
The North Carolina Education Lottery wants to begin a midday numbers drawing early this spring.
Lottery executive director Tom Shaheen says the Pick 3 drawing would be performed identically to the numbers drawing held every night.
The midday drawing would be held Monday through Saturday.
Shaheen says an extra daily drawing would raise more revenues while giving the lottery another opportunity to attract players. Shaheen didn't give an exact start date to lottery commissioners hold ...
Dec 6, 2007, 10:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery to add 'Sum It Up' feature to Pick 3 game
Daily 4 launch deemed 'successful'
On September 30, the Texas Lottery launched a brand new game, Daily 4 with an add-on feature called Sum It Up.
According to unaudited numbers, the game and associated add-on feature brought in more than $5.2 million during the first three weeks of sales. Of that number, approximately $1.2 million came directly from sales of Sum It Up.
The Texas Lottery is hoping to strike gold a second time, by adding the Sum It Up feature to the state's other daily n ...
Oct 30, 2007, 12:21 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 oversight committee to convene in November
By Todd Northrop
Accounting firm to audit lottery and provide results to committee
Following a disastrous couple of months for Tennessee Lottery, the legislature has decided to convene a meeting of the Oversight Committee and audit the lottery's operations.
Senator Bill Ketron and Representative Ulysses Jones are co-chairs of the committee.
According to a staffer in Senator Ketron's office, the committee has met several times in the past, mainly to discuss issues related to education ...
Sep 20, 2007, 11:22 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee House Speaker backs lottery oversight meeting
By Todd Northrop
Lottery Post feature: See the actual letter from Senator Kyle
A meeting of the Tennessee Lottery Oversight Committee inched one step closer today, as Speaker of the House James Naifeh, D-Covington, indicated his support for the meeting, according to an advisor for Senator James Kyle, D-Memphis.
Sen. Kyle sent letters Last Friday to the Speakers of the House and Senate, requesting a meeting of the oversight committee as soon as possible, after the Tennessee Lotteries ...
Sep 18, 2007, 10:36 pm - Lottery News forum