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Lotto 5 Jackpot to reach half-million; $131,147 Lotto 5 Jackpot Still Unclaimed
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Media Contact:  Kym Gerlock
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NASHVILLE - The jackpot for Lotto 5, the Lottery’s newest computerized game, continues to grow. Wednesday night’s drawing sparked another jackpot rollover – this time in the amount of $575,084. This means the jackpot for the next drawing Friday, Oct. 1 will reach more than half a million dollars!

Lotto 5, which began on August 29, now has a total of 13 drawings under its belt. Of those 13, the current jackpot has rolled over for the last 8 draws bringing it to the current high. The last rollover jackpot win was in the amount of $131,147 on Sept. 6 and was a result of one rollover. The winning ticket was sold in Memphis, but has not yet been claimed. The holder of the winning ticket has 180 days from the draw date to claim their prize.

Lotto 5 is a pari-mutuel game, which means prizes are based on ticket sales and all winners share an equal portion of the winnings in each prize category. The top category, the jackpot, works similarly to the multi-state game Powerball’s jackpot. If there are no winners who match all 5 of 5 Lotto 5 numbers, the dollar amount for that category will rollover to the next drawing and continue to roll until someone wins. Since no one matched all 5 of 5 numbers on Wednesday night’s drawing, the jackpot amount of $575,084 will rollover to Friday’s drawing.

Lotto 5 Drawings are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 10:34 p.m. CST and can be seen on the Lottery’s television network partners throughout the state.

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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