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Tuesday, December 28, 2010
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NASHVILLE - Increased sales across the country have spurred lottery officials to increase the estimated jackpot for tonight’s MEGA MILLIONS® drawing to $200 million.

“Players are excited, sales are on the rise, and it’s all for a great cause,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery. “It’s this kind of jackpot run that creates excitement for everyone.”

Tennessee launched MEGA MILLIONS® on January 31, 2010, after an agreement between POWERBALL and MEGA MILLIONS® groups to allow states the option of offering both mega-jackpot games.

Playing MEGA MILLIONS® is easy. Just select any five numbers from 1 to 56 and one MEGA BALL® number from 1 to 46, or choose Quick Pick (QP) and let the computer randomly pick any or all of your numbers. If you match any of the nine winning number combinations – you win! MEGA MILLIONS® drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 9:59 p.m. CT. Please note that broadcast times may vary.

Please visit and click on “winning numbers” for complete detailed charts on all Lottery drawings

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 $1.8 billion for these programs, and returned to Tennessee communities more than $4.10 billion in prizes and more than $449.7 million in retailer commissions. For more information, please visit For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit To see a county-by-county breakdown of the number of students who benefit, visit


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