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Friday, December 21, 2012
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Stacie celebrates her big win with Rebecca Hargrove!

—“You just made my Christmas!” That touching sentiment, which came from Strawberry Plains’ Daniel Poore after learning he won $17,777, was expressed by nearly all of the 17 lucky lottery players who won cash prizes this week by entering eligible non-winning tickets into a special “Play It Again!” drawing. Prizes ranged from $500 to $1 million, and winners hailed from across the state, from Dunlap and Ripley to Nashville and Memphis.

Mr. Poore, a maintenance worker, was thrilled to have the extra cash, and said he will use it wisely.

Stacie Keasler of Cross Plains was one of many who first thought the notification call from Tennessee Lottery President and CEO Rebecca Hargrove was a joke of some kind. “You’re kidding me,” said Ms. Keasler, a pharmacy worker who won $100,000 by entering a “$100,000 Silver & Gold” ticket. “I know these are my friends playing a prank, right?” The prize was not a joke, as Ms. Keasler quickly learned when she came to collect her winnings at the Lottery’s Nashville headquarters. The first thing she will do is “show my friends this real check so they will stop kidding me about entering my tickets into this drawing!”

Craig Renaldi of Bellevue, a truck driver who won $88,888 by entering an “Emerald 8’s” ticket into the drawing, also thought the telephone call was fishy. “When I found out I won, I couldn’t believe I had waited to answer the phone!”

Memphis’ Geraldine Reed received her lucky telephone call while out of state visiting relatives for the holidays. When she found out she won $50,000, she simply said: “Well that’s alright!”

Other winners include:
Medio Guerrieri of Fairview, a retired truck driver who won $1 million;
Kyle Bransford of Gallatin, who won $100,000 (no other information available at this time);
Thadeus Inman of Nashville, who works at Fed-Ex and won $30,000;
Kathy Hall of Madison, a banker who won $25,000;
Yvonne Hodge of Nashville, a scientist who won $20,000;
Shelia Word of Ripley, a homemaker who won $20,000;
Sylvia Brown of Jackson, a retired cook who won $10,000;
Corda Holloway of Crab Orchard, a retired mail carrier who won $10,000;
Shirley Grant of Jackson, who won $6,000 (no other information available at this time);
Donna Smith of Marion, AR, who won $2,222 (no other information available at this time);
Twanda Taylor of Memphis, who won $2,100 (no other information available at this time);
Debbie Birchfield of Dunlap, who won $1,000 (no other information available at this time);
Barbara Ogle of Madisonville, who won $500 (no other information available at this time).

To “Play it Again,” simply visit or 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 $2.47 billion for these programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won over $5.6 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned more than $615 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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