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Friday, June 4, 2004
Media Contact:  Kym Gerlock
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NASHVILLE—What do a nurse, a welder and a Vietnam War veteran have in common? A chance to win a cool million, that’s what.

The Tennessee Lottery today selected three finalists to participate in “Millionaire Live!” a grand prize drawing for $1 million at 6 p.m., June 26 at Opry Mills shopping mall in Nashville. In addition to the $1 million grand prize, there are two other prizes of $10,000 and $25,000, making all of the finalists winners.

“This is an exciting day that players have been anticipating for quite some time,” said Rebecca Paul, CEO and President of the Tennessee Lottery, who called the three finalists to tell them the news once the tickets were validated.

The finalists are:

• Dennis Perry: A disabled Vietnam veteran from Fayetteville, Tenn. “Can you believe, I mailed in just one ticket!” he told Ms. Paul.

• Bridget Majors Elliott: A nurse who lives in Stantonville, Ms. Elliott also operates a lawn service and works for her husband’s logging business.

• Mark Silor: The third finalist Ms. Paul contacted, is a welder and father of four who is married and lives in Knoxville.

The finalists were drawn from more than 250,000 entries mailed in from players who earned an entry through one of two instant ticket games, Tennessee Millionaire and Volunteer Millionaire. By playing one of these $1 games, players have a chance to win a variety of prizes, one of which is an entry ticket into a $1 million grand prize drawing event.

Millionaire Live! is the first of three such events, which are free and open to the public. Millionaire Live! will be produced by the Tennessee Lottery and News 2/WKRN. The 30-minute program will be aired on all Lottery drawing networks throughout the state on Saturday, June 26 at the following times (times listed are local times):
• WKRN (Nashville) 6 p.m. (live)
• WBIR (Knoxville) 7 p.m. (live)
• WMC (Memphis) 6:30 p.m.
• WBBJ (Jackson 6:30 p.m.
• WTVC (Chattanooga) 7 p.m (live)
• WKPT (TriCities) 7 p.m. (live)

All 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 this fall.

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