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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
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NASHVILLE - Fueled by timely innovations to key games, the Tennessee Lottery posted total gross sales of $37,426,806 for the week ending Feb. 12, setting an in-state record and shattering the previous mark set the first week of the Lottery’s operation in January 2004.

First came the launch of the new, redesigned Powerball on Jan. 15, which is structured to offer bigger jackpots, more millionaires and better odds of winning. Next came the launch of “$3,000,000 Mega Cash” on Feb.7, a new instant game with a top prize of
$3 million—the largest instant game top prize in Tennessee Lottery history. And finally, an attention-grabbing Powerball jackpot run that peaked on Saturday night with a near-record jackpot of $336 million.

“What an incredible week for lottery players and for education in Tennessee!” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. “We work to add innovative features to our line of games, which keeps the Lottery fun for our players and benefits our mission of assisting students and their families.”

The previous record for Tennessee Lottery ticket sales was set during its launch week in January 2004, when the excitement of a new lottery created $34,614,300 in instant ticket sales alone.

In this past fiscal year, the Lottery announced an all-time high transfer of $293.5 million to education programs in the state, an increase of $4.6 million over the previous record set last year. The Lottery also reported a record-breaking $1.19 billion in total sales, which was a 4.2 percent increase over the previous year.

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 $5.3 million per week, fund specific education programs, including college scholarships and after-school programs.

Since the Lottery began selling tickets on January 20, 2004, it has raised more than $2.2 billion for these programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won over $5 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned nearly $549 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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