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
Lucky 13 win $600,000 Powerball lottery prize
In Tennessee, a pool of 13 lottery players claimed Saturday's $600,000 Powerball prize.
The $600,000 Powerball ticket was sold in Hendersonville. The winning ticket matched the first five Powerball numbers drawn Saturday evening, but did not match the Powerball number.
Normally a ticket matching 5+0 would win $200,000, but the group had also purchased the Power Play option, which multiplies any non-jackpot prize by 2, 3, 4, or 5 times, depending on the spin of a wheel the happens before ...
Oct 25, 2007, 9:10 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee couple accused of stealing thousands of lottery tickets
A Maryville, Tennessee, couple is out on bond after being accused of stealing thousands of lottery tickets.
Linda Dillow, 59, and Charles Dillow, 50, are accused of stealing from the Easy Way Exxon in Maryville, where both worked.
The owner noticed a discrepancy on the books with regard to the number of lottery tickets that had left the story. The owner watched the store's surveillance video to get a better idea of what was going on.
Police say the video showed Linda Dillow stealing $ ...
Oct 16, 2007, 7:56 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
Lottery competition between two border states
A close look at the Georgia and Tennessee Lotteries
University of Georgia demographer exemplifies general lack of understanding; buys into lottery myth: There aren't people in Brooks Brothers suits holding briefcases standing in line for tickets.
Bob Kilgore lives in Jasper, Tenn., but he regularly buys lottery tickets in neighboring Georgia.
I started playing the lottery in Georgia when it started (in 1993), and I've just kept buying most of my tickets in Georgia, Mr. Kilgore sai ...
Oct 5, 2007, 2:10 pm - 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
FLASH: Tennessee Lottery audit won't investigate drawing errors
Out-of-control situation gets worse
Legislators shocked to learn investigation won't study why errors occurred
The Tennessee Lottery hired an outside auditor after a computer issue affected the Cash 3 and Cash 4 games in August, but the auditor will not examine why the system failed.
Lottery officials previously said KPMG would be paid about $90,000 to look into the problem that kept repeat numbers from being drawn for those games for more than three weeks in August.
But a letter ob ...
Oct 3, 2007, 12:02 pm - Lottery News forum