|Tim (far right), his wife, and a friend celebrate the big win!
Fourteen lucky Tennessee Lottery players won a total of more than $1 million in cash prizes by simply entering eligible non-winning instant tickets into last week’s Play it Again! drawing, including a sawmill worker from Henry (in west Tennessee) who won $250,000.
“I sure do appreciate it!” said Tim Carroll, 47, who entered a non-winning Jingle Jumbo Bucks ticket and claimed his prize today at the Lottery’s Nashville headquarters. “That’s just about the greatest thing I’ve heard!” Mr. Carroll said the first thing he will do is pay some bills and have an especially happy holiday.
Play it Again! is the Lottery’s program that gives players a second chance to play and win by entering eligible non-winning instant tickets. To “Play it Again,” simply visit www.tnottery.com or www.tnvipsuite.com and follow the directions. 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 or Nashville.
And beginning February 7, 2012, the Lotery will launch an addition to this program, in which players will also earn “VIP Rewards™” for every ticket they enter to use in the exclusive VIP Store. VIP Rewards™ can be redeemed for a fantastic array of great merchandise.
For Sandra Clavijo of Mt. Juliet, speaking with President and CEO Rebecca Hargrove and learning of her good luck was a huge thrill. “I’m about to cry … this is just such an honor,” said Ms. Clavijo, who won $150,000 by entering a non-winning Giant Jumbo Bucks ticket. “I just can’t believe this!”
Her excitement was matched by Teresa Flournoy of Jackson and her family, who could be heard whooping and cheering in the background when Ms. Hargrove made the call to notify Ms. Flournoy of her $200,000 windfall. “Oh, my Lord! Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you!”
Most of the winners said they would use their prize money to help family, pay bills, fix up their homes and add to the holiday season.
In addition to those listed above, 11 other players won prizes ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 in the drawing, bringing the total awarded through the Play it Again! drawings to more than $9.2 million since the program began in February 2007.
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 $2.16 billion for these programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won over $4.9 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned over $528.3 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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