Tenn. lottery chief offers advice to fledgling Wyoming Lottery
The Wyoming Lottery Board received some much-needed advice and a stern warning from someone who has helped shepherd other states through the the complicated process of launching state-sponsored games of chance.
Rebecca Hargrove is the CEO of the Tennessee Lottery and is known as a guru on how to get lottery startups off the ground and running. Board Chairman Brian Scott asked her to pay a visit to help outline a game plan for the board at its second-ever meeting on Tuesday.
The energetic e ...
Jul 10, 2013, 10:07 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee to add Hot Lotto multi-state lottery game
Game will also see changes to number pool and prizes
By Todd Northrop
Starting Sunday, Tennessee Lottery players will be able to purchase tickets for Hot Lotto, a multi-state game currently played in 14 states and Washington, D.C.
Hot Lotto is a multi-state drawing-style game similar to Powerball and Mega Millions. The all-cash jackpots begin at $1 million and average between $5 million and $6 million.
Tickets cost $1 each, and a Sizzler option that triples all non-jackpot prizes cos ...
May 10, 2013, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum
Man has Tennessee Lottery tickets delivered to his doorstep
Mike West gets weekly deliveries to his home in Erin. Wednesday morning when he opened a box he was surprised to find thousands of dollars of Tennessee Lottery scratch off tickets.
They package of tickets sat on top of several other items inside a large box that was left on his doorstep.
I thought this here must be my games, I got some X Box games, West explained.
But when he opened the plastic envelope he discovered the lottery tickets inside.
I just started seeing game after game ...
Oct 25, 2012, 8:23 am - Lottery News forum
Four years after drawing fiasco, Tenn. Lottery settles with tech firms
The Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. has received nearly $1 million from a pair of technology companies it blamed for software glitches that resulted in the sale of about $2 million worth of unwinnable tickets in 2007.
(See Tennessee Lottery computerized drawings flawed since inception, Lottery Post, Aug. 21, 2007.)
The computer program that Smartplay International and Gaming Laboratories International came up with for games such as Cash 3 and Cash 4 was flawed and resulted in thousands o ...
Dec 17, 2011, 9:22 am - Lottery News forum
State lotteries get creative to drive higher sales
The Arizona Lottery has spent four years ramping up efforts to get players to part with a dollar.
It raised its average jackpot by 8 percent and introduced pricier scratch-off games that cost from $5 to $20 but yield bigger winnings, up to $1 million. The tickets now come in brighter colors on thicker paper, and more of them get displayed in bigger cases to catch the eyes of would-be winners lining up at grocery and convenience stores. The lottery also increased its advertising budget by roug ...
Dec 12, 2011, 8:05 am - Lottery News forum
Prize money awarded to rightful lottery ticket holder
The Tennessee Lottery on Tuesday presented a $200,000 Powerball prize to a Sumner County man whose winning ticket was allegedly stolen by two convenience store clerks earlier this year.
The clerks were arrested and their case is pending in the Sumner County court system.
I am so thankful for the work that has gone into getting this prize to me, said Roy Chase, a retired employee of the Ford Glass Plant. This is a blessing for me and my family.
Police said Chase took the winning Powerb ...
Nov 23, 2011, 9:01 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. legislators float idea that lower prizes will bring in more money
Task force says 'bad idea'
Some Tennessee legislators are eying a reduction in prize payouts for Tennessee lottery players while letting them buy tickets with debit or credit cards.
The proposals are among ideas that are being floated as a way to generate more money that can be used for college scholarships.
Both were criticized at a meeting last week of the Senate Lottery Stabilization Task Force with a lottery official suggesting that a cut in prizes could be a bad business decision a ...
Oct 31, 2011, 7:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery raking in record profits
As annual sales approach $1.2 billion, players probably will see even more games
Despite the recession, one Tennessee financial institution is having a banner year.
The Tennessee Education Lottery is raking in record profits selling nearly $1.2 billion in scratch-off tickets, nightly drawings, and multi-state mega-jackpot games in its latest fiscal year.
While 17 other states' lotteries also hit all-time highs, the 7-year-old Tennessee lottery is growing faster than most, outpacing nati ...
Oct 9, 2011, 2:58 pm - Lottery News forum
Tenn. lawmakers float ideas to improve lottery revenues
Tennessee state Senate minority leader is calling on fellow lawmakers to find ways to increase lottery revenues instead of cutting back on the scholarship program, while Gov. Bill Haslam has assigned his staff to consider a broad range of options for stabilizing the game's finances.
Jim Kyle, D-Memphis, said in a letter released Wednesday that while the Tennessee Higher Education Commission estimates that the lottery will deplete its sizable reserves by 2024, it also says annual losses could ...
Sep 29, 2011, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
Lost lottery ticket worth $50,000 returned to winner
John Holder must have felt like he couldn't win for losing.
The 45-year-old Columbia resident worked as a roofer until a back injury forced him to live on disability benefits. He's resided at an assisted living facility since December.
Then on Sept. 2 Holder's luck seemed to change. That's when he bought a winning scratch-off ticket worth $50,000 from a local convenience store. That same day, the ticket went missing.
He purchased the $2 Jumbo Bucks instant ticket at the Gulf station at ...
Sep 23, 2011, 7:28 pm - Lottery News forum