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Lottery Joins Multi-State Launch of MONOPOLY Millionaires’ Club™ Instant Ticket; Companion TV Game Show Premieres March 28
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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The Tennessee Lottery will join with 13 other lotteries across the country March 24 to launch a “MONOPOLY Millionaires’ Club” instant ticket that offers players a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas to become contestants on a nationally syndicated, first-of-its-kind television game show.

The “MONOPOLY Millionaires’ Club” game show is hosted by actor-comedian and television star Billy Gardell (“Mike & Molly”) and co-hosted by Todd Newton (“Family Game Night,” “Hollywood Showdown”). Production of the show is underway at the Rio Al-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Contestants are selected from a studio audience made up of lottery players who have won an all-expenses paid trip to attend the show’s taping and an opportunity to win up to $1 million in cash prizes.

“This is an entertaining instant ticket that continues the MONOPOLY™ theme and ties-in with the dynamic new television game show of the same concept,” said Rebecca Hargrove, CEO and President of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. “We believe this innovative collaboration will add excitement for our players while furthering our mission to raise funds for education in Tennessee.”

Originally created as a multi-state drawing style game, the new Monopoly Millionaires’ Club instant ticket will offer a top prize of $200,000. Players can also enter non-winning tickets at www.tnlottery.com to build MONOPOLY-themed lottery Property Sets to earn entries into a random drawing to participate on the TV game show. Properties accumulated from previous drawing-style ticket entries remain in the player’s account and can be used to earn drawing entries with the new instant game.

During the first week of taping, the show had two $1 million winners and awarded more than $3.5 million in cash and prizes overall.

“I’ve never seen anything like watching these contestants win this life-changing amount of money,” said show host Billy Gardell. “It is hands-down one of the best experiences I’ve had in my career.”

The first episode of Monopoly Millionaires’ Club will air March 28th nationally on the Game Show Network and YouTube, and also on the following local stations in Tennessee:

• NASHVILLE WUXP SUNDAY 9 p.m. CT
• MEMPHIS WREG SATURDAY 10:30 p.m. CT
• KNOXVILLE WATE SATURDAY 11:35 p.m. ET
• CHATTANOOGA WTVC SATURDAY 11:30 p.m. ET
• TRI CITIES WEMT SATURDAY 7 p.m. ET

WCYB-DT2 SATURDAY 8 p.m. ET

About the Tennessee Education Lottery

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Lottery ticket sales 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 $3.2 billion for these programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won over $7.9 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned over $822 million in retailer commissions.

For more information, visit www.tnlottery.com

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