Tenn. Lottery players complaining over switch from numbered balls
Thanks to the Tennessee Lottery's unilateral decision to abandon traditional lottery drawings using numbered balls to pick the winning numbers on television, many players have decided to stop playing.
The Tennessee Lottery now has computers generate random numbers instead of the player-preferred televised drawings.
Lottery officials say the new system is as secure as the old one. Many players don't like the change, though.
I don't trust the computerized drawings, said Nashville reside ...
Aug 8, 2007, 3:44 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery threatens to go computerized
Web site press release reveals plan is it a trial balloon or just bad news?
By Todd Northrop
Tennessee Lottery issued a statement on their web site that threatens to bring unpopular computerized drawings to the state.
The upstart lottery, which in relative terms is still attempting to gain solid footing in the industry, made the announcement despite numerous player polls showing mistrust and discontent with the faux drawings.
The lottery claims computerized drawings are exciting , al ...
Jul 16, 2007, 5:25 pm - Lottery News forum
$1 million lottery ticket was overlooked for weeks
Tennessee man carried winning raffle ticket in his wallet
It was a little surreal.
That was the reaction Kathy Checchin of Murfreesboro had when her husband, Rick, called to tell her they were million-dollar winners in the Tennessee Lottery.
(Winning numbers: http://www.lotterypost.com/tn-lottery-raffle-2007-05-14.asp)
Her husband won the money May 14 in the Million $ Madness drawing. He just didn't know he had until Thursday.
I bought the tickets and just held onto them. I stu ...
Jun 22, 2007, 12:21 pm - Lottery News forum
First 2 winners of $1 million lottery prizes come forward
Burt Isabell had this reaction Tuesday when he learned he'd won $1 million in the Tennessee Lottery: I just started hollering, 'You're looking at a millionaire!'
No one half-believed me, he said. Then I showed 'em the ticket and of course they asked to borrow some money.
Isabell, of Sylacauga, Ala., and David Smith of the Old Hickory section of Nashville were the first of four winners to come forward to claim their $1 million in the state's first Million $ Madness game. The other t ...
May 16, 2007, 7:19 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery raffle game makes 4 millionaires
Winning Tennessee Lottery tickets worth $1 million each were sold in Manchester, Nashville, Knoxville, and Old Hickory.
The winning tickets were announced Monday evening in the lottery's first-ever drawing of its new raffle-style game, Million $ Madness. Results are available now at:
Four $1 million prizes were doled out, along with two winners of $50,000 each and 100 winners of $500 each.
Names of the winners will not be ...
May 15, 2007, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery to make 4 millionaires tonight
The Tennessee Lottery is about to make four people millionaires.
The four $1 million prizes will be doled out Monday evening in the lottery's first Million $ Madness game.
Players have told us for years they want this kind of game, said Rebecca Paul Hargrove, president and CEO of the lottery. And it will mean an estimated $3.2 million in proceeds for education in the state.
Lottery officials will cut off ticket sales when 800,000 are sold a number nearly reached as the weekend began ...
May 14, 2007, 7:05 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee couple wins Powerball lottery 10x promotion
A Murfreesboro, Tennessee, couple struck it rich over the weekend from a Powerball promotion that turned a $200,000 second-prize win into a $2 million jackpot.
Nita and Merwin Scruggs came forward Monday to collect their check and become millionaires.
We still can't believe it, said 59-year-old Merwin Scruggs, a manager at Graves Metal Products Inc. in Shelbyville, on Monday in a news release. We didn't sleep at all last night.
The winning Powerball Power Play ticket, which was pur ...
Apr 17, 2007, 7:40 am - Lottery News forum
Rebecca Paul Hargrove: Former newswoman cashes in on lottery career
If running a state lottery is a risky business, you could say that Rebecca Paul Hargrove has hit the jackpot.
The onetime community affairs director of WICS-TV in Springfield, Hargrove then known as Rebecca Paul was named to head the Illinois State Lottery in 1985 by Gov. James Thompson.
She went on to be named the first director of Florida's lottery in 1987. Her lottery start-up experience led her to head Georgia's new games in 1993, and in 2003, she was named president and CEO of the ...
Apr 2, 2007, 1:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Tenn. legislator no longer pursuing national lottery
Idea had no support from House Democrat leaders
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., said Tuesday that he has abandoned the idea of sponsoring a bill to create a national lottery, saying it had little support from his party leaders, and would take money from the hands of Tennesseans.
Cohen suggested just after his November election that he might pursue the idea after his lengthy and ultimately successful effort to get a Tennessee Lottery signed into law. But his first discussions with House Dem ...
Feb 7, 2007, 12:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery introduces new raffle game
To mark its third anniversary, the Tennessee Lottery introduced a game Monday that gives Tennesseans the best odds yet to win $1 million.
The new game, Million $ Madness, gives players a one in 200,000 chance of winning $1 million.
Rebecca Paul Hargrove, the chief executive officer of the Tennessee Education Lottery, said lotto players always want a better chance of winning prizes, which they can have in the new game.
It's the best odds yet of winning $1 million, Hargrove said. ...
Jan 23, 2007, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum