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LOTTERY SALES FOR THE WEEK SOAR TO OVER $30.8 MILLION; Addition of Mega Millions, Millionaire Jumbo Bucks boost excitement
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
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NASHVILLE - Two new games from the Tennessee Lottery have helped boost sales during the past week to the third highest level since ticket sales began over six years ago. Total sales for the week of Jan. 30-Feb. 6 exceeded $30.8 million.

“Not only is this great news for the education programs we fund, but also for the thousands who are winning prizes and having fun,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery.

Hargrove attributes the increase to the recent launch of “Mega Millions,” the state’s second mega-jackpot game, and “Millionaire Jumbo Bucks,” an instant-ticket game with top prizes of $1 million.

“I’m optimistic that the momentum created during this past week will continue and look forward to meeting our next big winners,” said Hargrove.

After just five days of sales, “Millionaire Jumbo Bucks” players had won over $3.5 million in prizes.

The past week’s sales were surpassed only twice since startup: During the week of Jan. 20-26, 2004 total sales were $41.3 million; while during the week of Feb. 12-18, 2006 total sales were $33.6 million.

For more details about the Lottery’s games, see your nearest Lottery retailer, 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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