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. 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
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
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
Another day another mistake for the Tennessee Lottery
Can it be possible?
It appears that once again the Tennessee Lottery has made a mistake so glaring it requires them to pay out two sets of midday numbers.
The lottery spokepeople must be getting tired of the mistakes too, because they didn't even attempt an explanation this time.
A terse statement on the Tennessee Lottery web site Monday evening reads as follows:
The official midday Cash 3 and Cash 4 numbers for Sept. 17, 2007 are 133 for Cash 3 and 6121 for Cash 4. Players can clai ...
Sep 17, 2007, 9:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery on the hot seat
Tennessee State Senator Jim Kyle, D-Memphis, has asked House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh, D-Covington, and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, to convene the Joint Lottery Oversight Committee as soon as possible to get the lowdown on recent incidents at the Tennessee Education Lottery.
This week it was reported that a misprint on Lotto 5, Cash 3 and Cash 4 tickets gave the wrong jackpot for last Saturday night's Powerball drawing. Instead of $15 million, the tickets showed $29 million. The ...
Sep 15, 2007, 11:44 am - Lottery News forum