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26 “DEAL OR NO DEAL” FINALISTS VIE FOR $100,000 GRAND PRIZE! (click to view names of finalists)
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Media Contact:  Kym Gerlock
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NASHVILLE - One of 26 Grand Prize finalists will walk away $100,000 richer on Friday as the Tennessee Lottery wraps up its initial version of the instant ticket game, “Deal or No Deal.”

The event, which will be held at the Lottery’s Nashville headquarters at 2 p.m., won’t leave any of the finalists empty-handed—the Lottery is also awarding a briefcase and $250 to the remaining 25 players and an additional $2,400 prize to one of those 25 players (other than the Grand Prize Winner).

In addition to the drawing event, open to the public and loosely modeled after the popular television game show, the Lottery will also unveil details about its newest version of “Deal or No Deal,” available next week at retailers throughout the state.

The Grand Prize finalists were chosen in a series of second-chance drawings from non-winning “Deal or No Deal” tickets held throughout the past year. The finalists, listed in the order in which they were drawn, are:

Vickie Ballinger, Gallatin; Billy Bragg, Munford; Douglas Kilgore, Knoxville; James Myers, McMinnville; Shirley Pirkle, Portland; Robin Rutherford, Memphis; Roy Simms, Bartlett; John Arnold, Sr., Memphis; Georgie Daniels, Cookeville; Ernest Divitorio, Morristown; Gary Fulbright, Calhoun; Sidney Graves, Portland; Mike Mann, Knoxville; Hester Partin, Palmer; James Bailey, Knoxville; Sheila Casey, Lenoir City; Dave Dittmer, Jackson, MO; Linda Ganawy, Martin; Suzanne Nelson, Memphis; Kit Umbach, Paris Brad Elliott, Columbia; Gayle Frantz, Millington; Clyde Harris, Chattanooga; Patricia Hullett, Smithville; Micki McKee, Pegram; and Christine Spence, Stantonville.

The event is the culmination of “Deal or No Deal,” which launched Sept. 5, 2006. In addition to instant prizes of up to $100,000, the game also included a series of second-chance drawings from non-winning “Deal or No Deal” tickets that awarded hundreds of briefcases and cash prizes.

The Tennessee Lottery began selling its first tickets on January 20, 2004. As of June 30, 2007, the Lottery has raised more than $919 million to fund specific education programs, including college scholarships, pre-kindergarten and after-school programs. For more information, please visit For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit


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