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MEGA MILLIONS RECORD JACKPOT RUN = $9.3 MILLION FOR EDUCATON IN TN; 2 $250,000 tickets sold in Ardmore, Monteagle; Record $640 Million Jackpot to be split by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland
Saturday, March 31, 2012
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For the Volunteer State, the incredible Mega Millions jackpot run that ended Friday night resulted in more than 291,000 winning tickets sold in the state, including 2 who won $250,000 in Monteagle and Ardmore. Additionally, there was an amazing amount of fun around offices, coffee shops and elsewhere, with the most important news of approximately $9.3 million generated for education during this jackpot cycle alone.
“It’s been exciting, it’s been crazy…and the true winners tonight in Tennessee are the students and families who will benefit from the more than $9 million that has been raised from this Mega Millions jackpot cycle alone,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.
Sales in Tennessee for the Mega Millions jackpot run, which began on Jan. 27, were approximately $22.8 million, from which an estimated $9.3 million will be given to the scholarship and grant programs funded by Tennessee Lottery ticket sales.
Three tickets, sold in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois, matched all six numbers drawn. The record jackpot of $640 million will be split three ways, with each winner receiving $213.3 million.
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 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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