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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
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The Tennessee Lottery experienced its own “March Madness” this year by setting a new sales record during the month, which comes on the heels of the previous record set in February.

“We are thrilled with the March sales results, which mean more dollars for the important education programs we fund,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery. “We also awarded four prizes of $1 million or more in March, which added to the excitement of an incredible month.”

Sales during March were $116.7 million, which broke the previous record of $112.4 million set in February. Hargrove attributes the record-setting activity to triple-digit jackpots in both of the Lottery’s mega-jackpot games, and also to the ongoing success of “$2 Million Bonanza” and “Lady Jumbo Bucks,” two instant-ticket games introduced on February 1.

The Powerball jackpot, which reached triple digits during the month of March, has rolled into April and stands at $218 million for Wednesday night.

“Triple-digit jackpots attract people who normally don’t play,” said Hargrove. “Since both Mega Millions and Powerball had triple-digit jackpots in March, we were pleased to see greater sales from a broader audience and are thrilled that this continues with the current $218 million Powerball jackpot.”

For more details about these and other games, see your nearest Lottery retailer or visit
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 programs, including college scholarships and after-school programs. Since the Lottery began selling tickets on Jan. 20, 2004, it has raised more than $1.9 billion for these programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won $4.3 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned $472.6 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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