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HOLIDAYS BRIGHTER FOR 15 “PLAY IT AGAIN!” WINNERS More than $480,000 awarded in second-chance drawing
Friday, December 18, 2009
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Kristi & Ed Greer "Played It Again!" and won!

NASHVILLE - The holiday season became even brighter for 15 players who entered non-winning instant tickets into the Tennessee Lottery’s Play it Again! program and won in this week’s drawing.

“Merry Christmas to me!” said Sharri Partain, an office manager in Clifton, after learning she had won $20,000 by entering a non-winning “Gold 7’s” ticket into the drawing. “Oh, my gosh, oh my gosh…is this a joke?”

Sharri’s excitement was matched—almost—by that of 31-year-old Lorenzo Boyland of Mason. “This is the best Christmas ever!” said Lorenzo, a computer technician who won $100,000 by entering a “Take 5” ticket. “I’m glad to give something back and get something back…thank you, thank you!”

Burns resident Kristi Greer cried on and off when she claimed her $50,000 prize today at the Lottery’s Nashville headquarters. “I’ve been out of work for over a year…you have no idea what this means to me,” said Kristi, who recently embarked on a new career in real estate.

For Scottshill’s Stacy Hegge, who said she had been “stomped by a mule” on her farm earlier in the day, the $50,000 win couldn’t have come at a better time. “No, way! You’ve got to be kidding me!”

Twelve other players won prizes ranging from $50 to $77,000 in this week’s drawing, which brings the total awarded through Play it Again! to over $3.2 million. The program is designed to give a second chance to play and win while helping the environment. To “Play it Again,” simply click on the Play it Again! icon and follow the directions … and that’s all there is to it—no need for postage, envelopes, or even to keep the ticket. Once the ticket is registered, the Lottery asks players to dispose of tickets properly. For added convenience, players may register at one of the Lottery’s district offices in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville.

For more details, click on the Play it Again! logo at www.tnlottery.com

About the Tennessee Education Lottery
The Tennessee Education Lottery operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Net proceeds from sales of Lottery tickets, currently averaging over $5 million per week, fund specific education programs, including college scholarships, pre-kindergarten and after-school programs. Since the Tennessee Lottery began selling tickets on Jan. 20, 2004, it has raised more than $1.5 billion for these programs, and returned nearly $3.4 billion in prizes and more than $375 million in retailer commissions. For more information, please visit www.tnlottery.com. For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit www.tn.gov/collegepays.


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