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
Tennessee Gov. wants to spend lottery reserve
Excess money would be distributed to school districts
Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen said Thursday the state lottery's huge cash reserves need to be distributed.
Bredesen, a Democrat, has abandoned last year's proposal to create a $100 million pool that would have served as collateral to improve credit ratings for school districts, he told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday.
The legislature wanted to spend it, they didn't want to put it aside to enhance credit, Bredesen said. ...
Jan 11, 2008, 7:12 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
Texas students rank USA lotteries
California, Pennsylvania best; Tennessee worst
Gerald Busald is at it again.
For more than a decade, the 65-year-old math professor at San Antonio College has turned scrutiny of the Texas Lottery into a classroom project. Armed with calculators, Busald and his students have exposed false advertising, attracted the media spotlight and sparked change.
This year, Busald and his students are aiming beyond Texas. On Friday, they unveiled a ranking of every lottery in the United States based ...
Dec 20, 2007, 7:34 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
Lottery no game for Tennessee executive
Standing recently in Neyland Stadium with roaring University of Tennessee football fans, Rebecca Paul Hargrove, the highflying impresario of legalized gambling, proudly waved a symbolic check for a billion dollars. The moment, captured on jumbo screens across the stadium, was among the countless plugs for the fund-raising prowess of Tennessee's lottery, which Hargrove started four years ago.
As lottery executives go, few can claim her knack for seizing the spotlight. No matter the occasion, H ...
Nov 23, 2007, 10:12 am - 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
Indiana lottery players still hunting year-old jackpot
Lottery Post noted for raising awareness
More than a year has fallen off the calendar since someone last claimed a Hoosier Lotto jackpot, an unprecedented drought that's raising eyebrows in addition to fueling ticket sales and pushing tonight's grand prize to a record $53.5 million.
I just am stunned, said Mike Krueger, a regular Hoosier Lotto player from Whiting. And a lot of other Lottery players and the people at the stores where I play are like, 'Why hasn't it been hit?' Is somet ...
Oct 31, 2007, 10:34 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery refuses to revert to ball drawings
Lottery players won't see any balls popping up with winning Cash 3 and Cash 4 numbers on them, at least not for the time being.
The Tennessee Lottery Board decided Monday to keep using computers to pick numbers in the two games, despite calls for a change back to a ball-draw system.
Board members said they wanted to wait until auditors completed their final reports on a computer coding error that kept non-repeating numbers like 1-1-2 or 5-5-5-5 from being drawn. They also noted that sales ...
Oct 31, 2007, 8:32 am - 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