Tennessee Lottery

Tennessee Lottery Sets 3rd-Quarter Record

Apr 17, 2012

The Tennessee Lottery raised a record 89.9 million dollars for education in the third quarter.  It exceeded the old record of just over 79 .5 million in the third quarter of 2006.  Lottery officials credit a world record Mega Millions jackpot of $656 million on March 30 and increasingly popular instant games.  Lottery board chairman Keith Simmons says the games are on track for a record year.

Lottery Scholarship Bill Passes Tennessee Senate

Apr 17, 2012

A proposal that would make cutting some Tennessee students' lottery scholarships in half contingent on lottery revenues has passed the Senate.  The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the House Education Committee.  An original proposal sought to reduce by 50 percent the award for students who do not meet both standardized testing and high school grade requirements.

Tennessee GOP Reconsidering Lottery Scholarship Bill

Mar 7, 2012

Republican leaders are proposing legislation that would tie changes to lottery scholarship requirements to lottery revenue growth.  A GOP-backed measure that would cut some students' scholarships in half has drawn heavy criticism from Democrats who say it's unnecessary because the lottery's education proceeds have increased 4 percent since 2005, with about $10 million more coming in a year.  Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Dolores Gresham announced Tuesday in a statement that if the $10 million is sustained through 2015, then the provisions in the proposa

The Politics of the Tennessee Lottery

Mar 6, 2012

Business is good for the Tennessee Lottery. It’s posting record sales and has over 360 million in a reserve fund. Despite that, some legislators are pressing ahead with a plan that make it harder for students to get Hope Scholarships, which are funded by the lottery. Capitol reporter Joe White talks about the politics of the lottery with WPLN's Bradley George.