A lucky Tennessee Lottery player who purchased a Mega Millions ticket in Bellevue, Tenn., has won the jackpot of $61 million after the drawing held Friday, Jan. 3. No information is known about the winner until the prize is claimed.
This is the first Mega Millions jackpot winner for Tennessee since it began offering the multi-state drawing-style game in January 2010. Should the winner opt to take the lump-sum payment, the cash value of the $61 million jackpot is $32.1 million. The last multi-state game jackpot winner in Tennessee was a family from South Pittsburgh, who won a Powerball jackpot of $25.5 million in March 2005.
In addition to the incredible Mega Millions news, a lucky Tennessee Cash player who purchased a ticket in Atoka, Tipton County, won that game’s jackpot of $240,000 from the drawing held Friday night.
The Tennessee Lottery encourages all players to sign the back of their ticket immediately after purchase. For more information about Mega Millions, visit megamillions.com. For more details about the Tennessee Lottery, visit tnlottery.com.
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 over $706 million in retailer commissions.
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