|Linda(Far R) and her family can't believe their incredible luck!
The second time’s the charm for eight Tennessee Education Lottery players who entered non-winning instant tickets into the Lottery’s “Play It Again!” program to win a total of more than $1.3 million in this week’s drawing.
“I couldn’t talk,” said $250,000 winner Linda Lamberth of Erin when asked how she felt when Lottery Education Corporation President and CEO Rebecca Hargrove called to tell her the good news. “Then I couldn’t hear because my daughter (Cindy) was hootin’ and hollerin’ in the background!”
Linda, 57, who was the week’s first “Play It Again!” winner to claim her prize, brought her husband and daughter to the Lottery’s Nashville headquarters today to collect her check and meet Ms. Hargrove. Linda plans to put some of her winnings into house improvements, and says she will continue to work six days a week at a local grocery. “I don’t want to stop working. I am an active, happy person.” Linda won by entering a non-winning “250,000 Las Vegas Cash” ticket into the drawing, a program designed to give Lottery players another shot at winning cash from instant tickets that don’t pay off the first time.
For Sandra Mead, a retired accounting technician from Mason (Tipton County), playing her mother’s favorite game of Bingo is a special—and lucky—pastime. Not only did Sandra win $50,000 in June 2009 playing the Lottery’s “Block Bingo!” game, she won another $50,000 this week by entering a non-winning “Bingo! Extra” ticket into the “Play It Again!” drawing.
“Bingo brings back wonderful memories of my mother,” said Sandra, 56. “She always told me I would be lucky playing that game.” With her 30th wedding anniversary just around the corner, she thinks the money will come in handy to fund an exciting second honeymoon.
“I’m so glad I answered the phone!” Clarksville’s Stephanie Hamilton, 45, told Ms. Hargrove. “Now we can build that house!” Stephanie, whose daughter attends Austin Peay State University with the help of a Lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship, won $150,000 by entering a non-winning “Giant Jumbo Bucks” ticket.
Other winners include:
• Eric Parrish of Mt. Juliet, who won $300,000 (no other information available at this time)
• Sarah Parks, a retired teacher from Chattanooga who won $250,000
• Patricia Davis of Dyersburg, who works in a super-store and won $250,000
• Patricia Young, a retired school teacher from Memphis who won $50,000
• Stanley Stewart of Morristown, who won $7,000 and is an avid fisherman in his free time.
To “Play it Again,” simply visit www.tnottery.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 kiosks in its 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 $2.4 billion for these programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won over $5.4 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned more than $594 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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