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LOTTERY DRAWING AWARDS OVER $1.4 MILLION 17 Players Win “Play it Again!” Cash After Entering Non-Winning Tickets
Thursday, January 8, 2015
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NASHVILLE - From disbelief and tears to laughs and screams of joy, the winners of the Tennessee Lottery’s recent “Play It Again!” drawing expressed a variety of emotions after learning of their good luck. The 17 cash prizes, which totaled more than $1.4 million, ranged from $5,000 to $250,000, including eight prizes of $100,000 each and two of $250,000 each.

“I’m dancing right now!” said Michael Henry of Benton, Tenn., who won $20,000 by entering a non-winning “Duck Dynasty” instant ticket. The first thing Michael plans to do is help his daughter purchase a car. Layanna Willis of Cordova couldn’t believe her luck when Lottery President and CEO Rebecca Hargrove called to let her know she won $100,000 in the special drawing. Unable to suppress her laughter and barely able to speak, she finally uttered “Are you kidding?” When asked what she will do with her winnings, Layanna replied: “Something worthwhile.”

See for a complete list of winners.

Play It Again!, the Tennessee Lottery’s program to award cash prizes from drawings while discouraging littering, is held approximately three times every 12 months. To “Play it Again,” players simply visit to become a VIP Players Suite member. Once registered, players enter eligible non-winning instant tickets into the drawings.

Ticket entries also earn points that can be redeemed for merchandise in the VIP Players Suite® VIP Store.

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 million per week, fund specific education programs, including college scholarships, after-school programs and the new Tennessee Promise initiative.
Since the Lottery began selling tickets on Jan. 20, 2004, it has raised more than $3 billion for these programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won over $7.7 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned over $798 million in retailer commissions.
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