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NEW WEBSITE SPOTLIGHTS LOTTERY-FUNDED EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Media Contact:  Kym Gerlock
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NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation launched a new website today designed to spotlight the programs funded from the $1.77 billion raised since ticket sales began in January 2004. The website, www.seehowitaddsup.com, offers information about the variety of scholarships and grants available and a county-by-county breakdown of the number of students who benefit.

“The story of how Lottery proceeds help education efforts in Tennessee has expanded so much since inception, when it was just about HOPE Scholarships, pre-K and afterschool,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO. “Beyond the basic HOPE Scholarship, there are unique and innovative programs designed to help foster children, non-traditional students, military service men and women, and many more. The story is bigger now, and it’s an important story to tell.

“There may be Tennesseans who do not know they are eligible for one of these many programs. Our hope is that this new website helps accomplish the goal of greater awareness.”

In addition to details about Lottery-funded programs, the new website includes some fun features. Visitors to the site can sign up to join a Twitter feed that will provide interesting facts about Tennessee under the heading of “Learn Something New Every Day.” A multiple choice quiz is also available, giving people the chance to test their knowledge of Tennessee state facts and history. And finally, visitors may vote for a statewide “Educator of the Month.”

“We sponsor an Educator of the Week program in the major TV markets across the state that recognizes excellence in elementary, middle school and high school teachers and school administrators,” said Ms. Hargrove. “We’re taking that popular program to the next level by allowing each market’s weekly winners to compete for statewide Educator of the Month. Although Lottery funds are not used to help secondary schools, we recognize the important role these teachers play in preparing students for college.”

About the Tennessee Education Lottery

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation 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 initiatives including college scholarships and after-school programs. Since the Tennessee Lottery began selling tickets on Jan. 20, 2004, it has raised more than $1.7 billion for these programs, and returned to Tennessee communities more than $3.9 billion in prizes and more than $431.7 million in retailer commissions. For more information, please visit www.tnlottery.com. For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit www.collegepaystn.com. To see a county-by-county breakdown of the number of students who benefit, visit www.seehowitaddsup.com.

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