NASHVILLE - Tennessee scored its first HOT LOTTO jackpot winner last night since joining the multi-state game in May. The lucky ticket was sold in Dyersburg and is worth $1.97 million in cash. Unique to other Lottery prizes, the withholding taxes on a HOT LOTTO jackpot are paid. So, the yet unknown winner will receive all $1.97 million of the prize. Please note that all Lottery offices are closed Monday, Oct. 14, in observance of Columbus Day. Offices will reopen Tuesday, Oct. 15.
A popular multi-jurisdictional drawing-style game, HOT LOTTO launched in Tennessee on May 12 and features all cash (not annuitized) jackpots starting at $1 million and averaging $5 to $6 million. Tickets cost $1 each, with a “Sizzler” option that triples all non-jackpot prizes and costs an extra $1. Drawings are 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 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 $2.7 billion for these programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won over $6.3 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned nearly $684 million in retailer commissions.
For more information, please visit www.tnlottery.com.
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