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Monday, March 1, 2004
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NASHVILLE — Tennessee’s first computerized lottery game launched March 1. As retailers unpacked playslips and informational brochures, staff rehearsed for the televised drawings, and people across the state mulled over their three luckiest numbers.

“With so many ways to win, CASH 3 is almost a new game each time it’s played,” said Rebecca Paul, CEO and president of the Tennessee Lottery. “You can try your luck with the same numbers every day or with new numbers each time.”

Ticket sales for CASH 3, the Lottery’s first computerized game in which players choose three numbers to match the three numbers drawn by the Lottery, began at 5 a.m. CST, 6 a.m. EST, March 1. The first of what will be daily, live drawings broadcast throughout the state, began at 6:28 p.m. CST, 7:28 p.m. EST.

Winning numbers are announced as balls are drawn from three separate machines. Each machine contains 10 balls numbered 0-9. Players select a three-digit number from 000-999 and also can select one of seven different ways to play and win. For more details on how to play, check the Lottery’s website,, pick up a How to Play brochure at any Lottery retail location, or call the Player Hotline, 1.877.7TN.PLAY (877.786.7259). In the Nashville Metro Area, 615-254-4946 (254-4WIN).

CASH 3 ticket prices range from .50 cents to $1, depending on how a player chooses to play. Prizes range from $40 to $500. Odds vary depending on how a player chooses to play. As with instant ticket games, players can redeem winning tickets at any participating retailer or one of five Tennessee Lottery District offices.

“We’re excited to introduce yet another way people can have fun while generating dollars for the education programs of Tennessee,” said Paul.

Tennessee Lottery profits will go to education programs. Most immediately, the Lottery is charged with raising at least $88 million by July 1 in order to fund scholarships for an estimated 65,000 students expected to attend Tennessee colleges and universities next fall.

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