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INCREASED POWERBALL SALES PUSH JACKPOT TO $115 MILLION! Addition of more lotteries to game increases sales
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Media Contact:  Kym Gerlock
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NASHVILLE - Excitement generated by the addition of 10 lotteries to the Powerball game has resulted in increased sales, which has pushed the jackpot for tomorrow night’s drawing from $107 million to an estimated $115 million.

“This is just the first example of the impact we are likely to see from the ability for more states to offer both of the nation’s super-jackpot games,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery and Chair of the Powerball Group.

“When jackpots get this high, players have fun talking about what they would do if they won. Bringing the two big jackpot games to Tennessee will bring more dollars to the education programs we fund and more excitement to those who play.”

The decision to allow states the option of offering both Powerball and Mega Millions had been prohibited until a recent agreement was reached in a joint meeting of all U.S. lottery jurisdictions.

For more details about Powerball and other Tennessee Lottery games, visit www.tnlottery.com or call Player Services at 1-877-7TN-PLAY. In the Nashville area, call 254-4946.

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 $1.6 billion for these programs, and returned to Tennessee communities nearly $3.6 billion in prizes and nearly $393 million in retailer commissions. For more information, please visit www.tnlottery.com. For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit www.collegepaystn.com.

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