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Lottery First Day Sales Hit $10.8 Million
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Media Contact:  Kym Gerlock
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NASHVILLE– Tennessee Lottery President and CEO Rebecca Paul reported today that first-day ticket sales were $10.8 million – an industry per capita record of roughly $1.87 per capita.

“We are delighted with the results,” Paul said. “It is a great day for Tennessee. We’re off to a strong start, generating millions for education programs.”

Not only did the Lottery raise more than $3 million the first day for education programs, but the initial results also make Tennessee’s startup one of the strongest in U.S. lottery history. The sales estimates were based on ticket activations as of 10 p.m., January 20.

“We’re proud of the hard work everyone continues to contribute to raising dollars for education,” said Paul. “And players are having a lot of fun, as well.”

As of 10 a.m. today, there were

20 individual winners of $1,000 each
2 individual winners of $5,000 each
2 individual winners of $7,000 each

An estimated 47 million instant tickets were distributed to nearly 3,500 retail locations on Monday, and the Lottery continues to approve additional retailers each day.

One of the Lottery’s next goals is to launch computerized games – where players pick numbers – within 60 days.

All Tennessee Lottery profits will go to education programs. Most immediately, the Lottery is charged with raising at least $88 million by July 1 in order to fund scholarships for an estimated 65,000 students expected to attend Tennessee colleges and universities next fall.

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