Tennessee lawmaker wants lottery balls, more money for retailers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A state lawmaker is pushing for legislation to give retailers more money for selling lottery tickets and require that balls be used in lottery drawings.

This comes after a computer error botched drawings this summer.

Lottery CEO Rebecca Paul Hargrove and other officials told a legislative panel that such moves could reduce lottery earnings, cutting the amount of funds available to provide lottery scholarships.

State House Republican Leader Jason Mumpower says he would support the legislation to improve player confidence and ticket sales.

The malfunction was discovered August 20th and was caused by a computer coding error that made it impossible for the computers to pick repeating numbers.

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