Newspaper Editorial: Biggest error was switching to computerized draws
Players won't participate in a lottery they can't trust
By Tennessean Editorial Staff
September 2, 2007
Today's Topic: When a glitch hits the lottery
Any game of chance needs a high level of trust.
Trust was missing during a recent stretch in the Tennessee Lottery when players who bet on digits showing up more than once were literally shut out of a chance to win because of a computer glitch. The glitch meant that people who bet on repeating numbers in the Cash 3 and Cash ...
Sep 2, 2007, 7:04 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery says duplicate numbers drawn were legit; can we be sure?
Strange drawing results come right after revelation of weeks of flawed drawings
The Tennessee Lottery's Cash 3 game had the exact same winning number in both the midday and evening drawings Thursday.
Kym Gerlock, vice president of communications for the Tennessee Lottery, said the reappearance of number 940 was random chance.
It was not an error. It's rare, but it does happen, Gerlock said. Each drawing is a totally separate instance and one is not related to another.
Gerlock sai ...
Aug 31, 2007, 8:19 pm - Lottery News forum
Official wants fraud probe of Tennessee Lottery
UPDATED (Aug. 28, 2007, 11:44 am) Internal documents added
The Tennessee Lottery should investigate whether fraud was behind a computer malfunction that affected the results for Cash 3 and Cash 4 games, the lottery board's audit chairman says.
James H. Ripley, a Sevierville attorney who heads the 3-year-old lottery's audit group, said the agency should probe more deeply into why a computer software problem prevented duplicate numbers from being drawn for a three-week period.
A lotter ...
Aug 28, 2007, 9:44 am - Lottery News forum
Engineer reported bad Tenn. Lottery computerized draws
Tennessee Lottery was slow to act, even after repeated warnings from many players; many call for the return of real lottery drawings
The Tennessee Lottery appears to have been slow to investigate reports of a major flaw in its new computerized drawing system, even in the face of multiple warnings from players.
Lee Lemonds and his wife watch The Wheel of Fortune every night and because the lottery drawing comes on the same television station, they usually see it as well.
It didn't take ...
Aug 24, 2007, 11:29 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn Lottery spokeswoman said no chance of drawing error
Lottery Post Exclusive
By Todd Northrop
In early August, when Tennessee Lottery players began seeing the effects of the state's new computerized drawing system, and didn't like what they saw, the lottery's spokeswoman responded with reassuring words.
Now she is forced to eat those words.
The security and integrity of our games is of utmost importance, said Kym Gerlock, a spokeswoman for the Lottery. There's no reason to doubt these drawings or question the integrity of how we do th ...
Aug 23, 2007, 4:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Players warned lottery about tickets flaw
Tennessee lottery players say they warned lottery officials more than 10 days ago that a new computerized system to pick random numbers in the Cash 3 and Cash 4 games appeared to be malfunctioning.
They say they were ignored for days while a computer software glitch kept duplicate numbers from being drawn in the games. That meant players who picked numbers like 6-6-9 in Cash 3 or 5-5-5-3 in Cash 4 had no chance of winning.
Lottery officials announced Tuesday that the glitch had been correc ...
Aug 23, 2007, 11:00 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery glitch shuts out players
Robert Johnson's lucky number is typically 909, but not this month.
The Nashville man has played the Tennessee Lottery's Cash 3 game twice a day, every day this month, and his numbers haven't come up.
Turns out, they couldn't have. A computer programming error has prevented any number from being selected more than once in Cash 3 and Cash 4 drawings over the past three weeks, the Tennessee Lottery said Tuesday.
The error meant that no winning draw included duplicate numerals, so any tic ...
Aug 22, 2007, 10:50 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery computerized drawings flawed since inception
Lottery throws all blame on a contractor; players bear the brunt
By Todd Northrop
A month ago, Tennessee Lottery officials claimed the state's new computerized drawings would be exciting .
What Tennessee lottery players got instead were buggy, unfair drawings, in which almost half the numbers people picked had no chance whatsoever of winning.
The severely flawed drawings have been happening every day since computerized drawings replaced the lottery's real mechanical ball drawings mo ...
Aug 21, 2007, 7:04 pm - Lottery News forum
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