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Sunday, April 18, 2004
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NASHVILLE - Powerball is rolling into Tennessee tomorrow, April 19. The multi-state lotto game gives players a chance to win one of nine different cash prizes, including a multimillion-dollar jackpot.

“Powerball is a proven favorite of Tennesseans who have been anticipating its arrival since a lottery was created in the state,” said Rebecca Paul, CEO and president of the Tennessee Lottery.

“Powerball will be an excellent enhancement to our current games, which have already raised millions for education programs in the state,” said Paul. “The game also creates additional opportunities for our retail partners, from the excitement it will build among customers to the $25,000 bonus available for a lucky retailer who sells a winning Jackpot ticket.”

Lottery sales representatives are working with retailers across the state in preparation for launch day. In addition to hands-on, in-store training, sales team members are delivering “How to Play” brochures, Powerball playslips, and colorful red and purple signage to more than 4,000 retailers.

“We’re working seven days a week to be sure every retailer is ready for the big day,” said Paul. “As usual, our Retailer Hotline and sales representatives are ready for any questions and to offer suggestions to help ensure a smooth launch.”

Basics of playing Powerball include: For just $1 per play, players can try their luck to win one of nine different prizes by selecting five numbers, each from 1 to 53, plus a sixth number from 1 to 42—the Powerball. Overall odds of winning are 1:36.

In addition to the multimillion-dollar Jackpot, players have a chance to win eight other prizes, from $3 to $100,000. And, for an additional $1 per play, there is also a Power Play option, which can multiply the non-jackpot winnings by 2 to 5 times—meaning that Power Play participants can win up to $500,000.

Powerball drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:59 p.m. CST (10:59 p.m. EST). Watch for drawings at 10 p.m. CST (11 p.m. EST) on official Tennessee Lottery networks throughout Tennessee.

As with all Tennessee Lottery games, profits from Powerball tickets sold in Tennessee remain in the state and 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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