NASHVILLE - First impressions may not get second chances, but Tennessee Lottery players do, as fifteen lucky Lottery players learned when they won more than $1.3 million in this week’s “Play it Again!” drawing, the Lottery program that gives players a second chance to play and win by entering eligible non-winning instant tickets.
That second chance hit big for Joe Salmon of Nashville, who won a whopping $1,000,000 from entering a non-winning “Tennessee Millionaires Club” instant ticket. A construction worker and graduate of Stratford High School, Salmon was ecstatic when reached on the telephone by Lottery President & CEO Rebecca Hargrove, who called Wednesday night to inform him of the drawing results.
“This is an absolute miracle! I’m shaking so bad I need to get a chair,” said a tearful Salmon when told of his good fortune. He didn’t hesitate when asked how he would use his winnings, expressing his intention to “pay off our house, take care of my four boys, and support our church.” Buying a “decent truck” and helping his kids go to college also made the list.
His was the 88th winning lottery ticket of $1,000,000 or more since the inception of the Tennessee Lottery in 2004.
Other winners included Lynette Brazier from Huntsville, Alabama who won $100,000 entering “$100,000 Riches,” and Julia Fisher, a Nashville mother of five who took home $75,000 when her name was drawn for entering “Lady Jumbo Bucks.”
Denise Duck, a city librarian from Mosheim was delighted with her $30,000 winnings, as was retired Army Sergeant Major William Wine of Woodlawn with his $22,222 prize. Other winners came from such towns as Dunlap, Hixson, Jackson, Memphis, and LaFollette.
To “Play it Again,” simply visit www.tnlottery.com or www.tnvipsuite.com and become a VIP Players Suite member. Once registered, tickets may be entered in the drawings. 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.
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 Jan. 20, 2004, it has raised more than $2.3 billion for these programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won over $5.2 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned more than $573 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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