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
N.J. lottery midday draws held late, not televised
The New Jersey Lottery's computer system is back on-line, after being down for about 3½ hours this afternoon, officials said.
The disruption in service, which shut down Lottery machines throughout the state and caused a delay in the drawing of the Satuday midday numbers, was blamed on high winds and heavy rains that hit the state today.
Lottery machines went down about 12:30 p.m. Service was restored shortly before 4 p.m., said Dominick DeMarco, a spokesman for the Lottery Commissio ...
Mar 8, 2008, 5:14 pm - 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
Power outage has California lottery running on back-up generators
The California lottery disclosed Saturday night it was using emergency, backup electricity generators indefinitely to run online gambling and other games statewide due to a power outage.
Lottery Director Joan Borucki assured gamblers that operations would remain normal but said full conventional power to all buildings may not be restored for some time.
The lottery was able to conduct Saturday night's Super-LOTTO Plus draw of winning numbers, for instance, officials said.
The outage, ...
Jan 6, 2008, 12:56 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
D.C. Lottery thefts tied to lax security processes
D.C. officials learned last year that lax enforcement of security procedures made it possible for a handful of contract employees to steal tens of thousands of dollars in lottery tickets and prize money, according to records released this week in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed with the District of Columbia Lottery Charitable Games Control Board.
An investigation conducted by Battelle Memorial Institute in August 2006 determined the ticket thefts were most likely com ...
Dec 21, 2007, 12:34 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
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