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Dyersburg Friends Collect 1st HOT LOTTO Jackpot Prize of $2.2 Million Long-time co-workers thrilled with win
Friday, October 18, 2013
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Lottery's EVP & General Counsel Wanda Young Wilson, (R) congratulates the lucky winners!

NASHVILLE - Two friends from Dyersburg arrived at the Tennessee Lottery’s Nashville headquarters on Thursday hesitant and uncertain, but left with a jaunty skip in their step—and a check for $2.2 million. The longtime co-workers won the hefty all-cash prize playing one of the Lottery’s newest games, Hot Lotto, making them the first Tennessee jackpot winners of the multi-state game.

Steve Martin, 59, and Rebecca Butler, 48, said they were extremely excited, but also a bit nervous and wanted to remain “as low-key as possible” about the big news. The lucky ticket was purchased at “All in One”, 810 Highway 51 Bypass W. in Dyersburg. That store will receive $5,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Hot Lotto is a popular multi-jurisdictional drawing-style game launched in Tennessee on May 12 and features all cash (not annuitized) jackpots starting at $1 million. Unique to other Lottery prizes, the withholding taxes on a Hot Lotto jackpot are paid.

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 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 $6.3 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 $2.8 billion for these programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won over $6.5 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned nearly $706 million in retailer commissions.

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