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Longtime Friends Share $1 Million Win!
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Media Contact:  Kym Gerlock
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Mark (l) and Josh can't believe their luck!

A stop for a cold drink turned into a life-changing event for longtime friends Mark Hearon and Josh Caplinger of Alcoa. Feeling lucky, the friends split the cost of a “Tennessee Millionaires Club” instant ticket—and won $1 million! “This just doesn’t happen to guys like us,” said Josh. “Everyone in the store went crazy!” The pair, who claimed their prize Tuesday at the Lottery’s Nashville headquarters, purchased the lucky ticket at Kenjo Market, 3012 Airport Hwy., in Alcoa. Good luck to Mark and Josh!
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 $2 billion for these programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won $4.54 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned $496.4 million in retailer commissions.
For more information, please visit For information about about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit To see a county-by-county breakdown of the number of students who benefit, visit

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