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Thursday, January 14, 2010
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Jeannie Ford accepts her $1 million prize from TEL President Rebecca Hargrove.

It took all of her strength to remain calm, but Memphis’ Jeannie Ford did just that on her arrival at Tennessee Lottery’s headquarters today to claim her $1 million Powerball Power Play prize.
“It is taking everything I have not to go crazy,” said Jeannie, who made the trip to Nashville with her sister Beverly after learning she had won earlier in the day. “I looked at the (news)paper, then I looked, then I looked again. Then, I called everybody!”
Jeannie, who has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years, has used the same combinations of her children’s birthdays to play a variety of Lottery games over the years. By matching Powerball’s five white balls and using Power Play, she won $1 million after last night’s drawing. This is the third Tennessee Lottery prize of $1 million or more in the past two weeks and the 52nd such win since the Lottery's inception.
Jeannie says she will use part of her prize to purchase a new vehicle, pay off her home and help her family. She purchased the lucky ticket at Citgo Food Mart, 2036 E. Shelby Drive, Memphis.
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