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
Tennessee Lottery creates four instant millionaires
The Tennessee Lottery held its second-ever Million $ Madness raffle drawing yesterday, which instantly created four millionaires.
The winning numbers can be found here:
In addition to four $1 million top prizes, Million $ Madness also awards ten $10,000 prizes and 500 $100 prizes.
There were also seven Early Bird drawings conducted in November and December. Each Early Bird drawing awarded one $1,000 prize and nine $100 p ...
Jan 23, 2008, 11:21 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
Tenn. lawmakers trying to force lottery to switch back to real draws
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 lott ...
Jan 12, 2008, 11:18 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Gov. wants to spend lottery reserve
Excess money would be distributed to school districts
Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen said Thursday the state lottery's huge cash reserves need to be distributed.
Bredesen, a Democrat, has abandoned last year's proposal to create a $100 million pool that would have served as collateral to improve credit ratings for school districts, he told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday.
The legislature wanted to spend it, they didn't want to put it aside to enhance credit, Bredesen said. ...
Jan 11, 2008, 7:12 am - Lottery News forum
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
Texas students rank USA lotteries
California, Pennsylvania best; Tennessee worst
Gerald Busald is at it again.
For more than a decade, the 65-year-old math professor at San Antonio College has turned scrutiny of the Texas Lottery into a classroom project. Armed with calculators, Busald and his students have exposed false advertising, attracted the media spotlight and sparked change.
This year, Busald and his students are aiming beyond Texas. On Friday, they unveiled a ranking of every lottery in the United States based ...
Dec 20, 2007, 7:34 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
Lottery no game for Tennessee executive
Standing recently in Neyland Stadium with roaring University of Tennessee football fans, Rebecca Paul Hargrove, the highflying impresario of legalized gambling, proudly waved a symbolic check for a billion dollars. The moment, captured on jumbo screens across the stadium, was among the countless plugs for the fund-raising prowess of Tennessee's lottery, which Hargrove started four years ago.
As lottery executives go, few can claim her knack for seizing the spotlight. No matter the occasion, H ...
Nov 23, 2007, 10:12 am - 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