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$1 Million Win for Engaged Chattanooga Couple!
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Media Contact:  Kym Gerlock
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Congrats to the Happy Couple!

The upcoming nuptials of a Chattanooga couple were sweetened a bit more today as the smiling duo claimed a $1 million prize at the Tennessee Lottery’s Nashville headquarters. The lucky win came from playing the Lottery’s instant-ticket game, Tennessee Lottery Black, and on the heels of three additional instant wins—in a row.

According to Charles Sells, the engaged pair bought a Millionaire Jumbo Bucks ticket at Sunshine Food Mart , 4510 Rossville Blvd., in Chattanooga, and won $100. They decided to use $20 from that win to purchase a Win for Life ticket and won another $100. With that kind of luck, they opted for a third instant ticket, $5,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular, and raked in another $100. The coup de grace came on the fourth and final purchase of the day— a Tennessee Lottery Black ticket, which netted the $1 million winning grand finale. “We couldn’t believe it!” said Charles, who works with his father’s trucking company. “It’s unreal!”

Charles and his fiancée, who brought their parents with them to claim the prize, plan to use their good fortune to purchase a home and start a solid savings fund.

This is the 108th winning ticket worth $1 million or more sold since the Lottery began selling tickets in January 2004.

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 $2.55 billion for these programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won over $5.8 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned more than $636 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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