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Tennessee’s Largest Powerball Winner Collects Prize; Power Play Increases Prize to $500,000
Friday, August 27, 2004
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CEO and President Rebecca Paul presents Pat and John Bates their $500,000 Powerball prize.

NASHVILLE - Pat Bates made a quick stop on Wednesday night, August 25, to purchase her bi-weekly Powerball ticket for that night’s drawing. She picked up a few instant tickets, as well, and considered herself very lucky when she discovered she had won $14 on her instant games. Little did she know that the Powerball ticket she tucked into her handbag would bring her $500,000!

Pat, 57, and husband John, officially became the Lottery’s largest Powerball winners to date in the state when they claimed their $500,000 prize at the Lottery’s Nashville headquarters on Thursday. Pat Bates’ winning ticket correctly identified the first 5 numbers, minus the Powerball, yielding a $100,000 win. Since Pat selected the Power Play option, which for this drawing was 5, her prize was multiplied by 5 making her total prize $500,000.

Pat and John both work at a printing company, which John owns. The couple says they plan to continue working, and don’t think they will deviate much from their normal routine. “I can tell you one thing,” said Pat, “I am going to sleep late more often!”

Pat purchased her winning ticket at Lindsey Office Supply, 2090 Fairview Blvd., in Fairview (Williamson County), with the Quick Pick option.

Along with Pat’s win, there were an additional 29,175 winners in Wednesday night’s drawing. Another 6,057 winners multiplied their winnings by 5 by choosing the Power Play option.

The Tennessee Lottery began selling its first instant tickets on Jan. 20, 2004. At the end of its first fiscal year, after just five months and 12 days of ticket sales, the Lottery had transferred more than $123 million to the Tennessee Lottery for Education account, as well as more than $2 million for after-school programs. All Tennessee Lottery profits will go to pay for specific education programs in the state, which initially include HOPE Scholarships.

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