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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Lots of Lottery excitement for the week ahead as the jackpot for Tennessee's new game of Hot Lotto has increased to $6.36 million for Wednesday. Other jackpot news includes the growth of the Tennessee Cash jackpot to $750,000, Mega Millions to $23 million, and the report that the $50 million Powerball jackpot from Saturday night was won by tickets purchased in Delaware, Louisiana and Florida.

Hot Lotto is a popular multi-jurisdictional drawing-style game launched in Tennessee on May 12. Hot Lotto features all cash (not annuitized) jackpots starting at $1 million and averaging $5 to $6 million. And, unique among the Lottery's games, the withholding taxes on a HOT LOTTO jackpot are paid by the Lottery.

Tickets for the new game cost $1 each, with a "Sizzler" option that triples all non-jackpot prizes and costs an extra $1. Drawings will be held every Wednesday and Saturday night.

Playing HOT LOTTO is easy and similar to the Lottery's big jackpot games, Powerball and Mega Millions. Players select (or "Quick Pick") five numbers from 1 through 47, plus one additional number (called the "Hot Ball") from 1 through 19 drawn from a separate pool. Eight non-jackpot prize levels range from $2 to $30,000, all of which are tripled if the player chooses the "Sizzler" option. Overall odds of winning a prize are 1:17.

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 $2.6 billion for these programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won over $6 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned more than $659 million in retailer commissions.

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