Apr 2, 2008, 11:02 pm
A Tennessee House panel has advanced a proposal to require the state lottery to abandon computerized drawings for its games.
House Minority Leader Jason Mumpower, a Bristol Republican, says he sponsored the manual drawings measure in response to a loss in consumer confidence following a computer programming error last year.
The glitch prevented duplicate numbers to be drawn for nearly a month.
Lottery officials estimate it would cost about $5 million a year to return to drawing numbered balls for the Cash 3, Cash 4, Pick 5 and Lotto Plus games.
The $5 million figure is a number provided by the lottery, not an independently-verified figure.
The bill advanced to the full House State and Local Government Committee on a 5-4 vote on Wednesday.
Lottery President and CEO Rebecca Hargrove told the panel the errors have been fixed, but an audit revealed that lottery officials reacted too slowly to complaints consumers raised over the improbable results picked by the computer system.
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