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20 WIN OVER $1.1 MILLION WITH NON-WINNING INSTANT TICKETS! Play It Again! Drawing gives players a second chance to win
Friday, May 21, 2010
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Bowman family celebrates Play It Again! win with Lottery President & CEO Rebecca Hargrove!

NASHVILLE - The second time’s the charm for 20 players who entered non-winning instant tickets into the Tennessee Lottery’s Play It Again! program and won a total of more than $1.1 million in this week’s drawing.

“Oh, my God! Oh, Thank you so much! Thank you so much!” said Taffy Sanders, a retired financial consultant in Selmer who won $250,000 by entering an “Emerald Green 7s” ticket. “I’m dancing the ‘James Brown’ down the hall!” Taffy, who plans to buy a house, claimed her prize today with her 13-year-old daughter and husband by her side.

Taffy’s excitement was matched—almost—by that of 56-year-old Ed Plott of Murfreesboro, who won $100,000 by entering a non-winning “Fabulous Fortune” ticket into the Play It Again! program. “I’ve always dreamed of making this trip (to the Lottery’s Nashville headquarters),” he said. “Winning is just like I imagined it would be!” Ed plans to pay bills “and maybe buy something fun.”

No one—including her husband—believed that Crawford's Patricia Bowman, 45, won $250,000 simply by entering her non-winning “Big Money Maker” ticket. “The only reason he believes me now is because I’m sitting here with the CEO!” she said, laughing with President and CEO Rebecca Hargrove. Patricia said she feels like a double winner since her daughter is attending college with a lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship.

Dandridge resident Edna Costner cried tears of joy when Ms. Hargrove handed her a check after her $100,000 win. “You have made my day … you have no idea.” Edna is a retired manufacturing worker and claimed the prize with her husband, who also became emotional about their luck.

For 81-year-old Clyde Clemons of Silver Point, a win of $75,000 means he can continue one of his passions in life: farming. Clemons, a retired grocer, says he enjoys entering tickets into the program in his free time.

Fifteen other players won prizes ranging from $2,777 to $100,000 in this week’s drawing, which brings the total awarded through Play it Again! to over $4.3 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 and to see who else won, 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 $1.6 billion for these programs, and returned to Tennessee communities more than $3.7 billion in prizes and more than $412 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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