House panel advances bill to require manual lottery drawings - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

House panel advances bill to require manual lottery drawings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A House panel has narrowly 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 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.

Read HB2513 on the General Assembly's Web site at: http://www.legislature.state.tn.us

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