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Nashville District Sales Manager Denise Armstrong Congratulates Thomas Ramsey, Quarter Million Dollar Holiday Treasures Winner

NASHVILLE - One lucky $250,000 instant ticket winner from Newport helped kick off the holiday season at the Tennessee Lottery as the first grand prize winner in the Lottery’s new “Holiday Treasures” game. The game, introduced this week, is the first of what will be several holiday-themed instant games the Lottery will continue to unveil.

“It was the only ticket I bought,” said Thomas Ramsey, 69, of Newport, Tenn. John Ramsey—no relation—owns the Eastport BP & Deli where Thomas purchased his ticket Wednesday night and drove the winner to claim his prize at the Lottery’s Nashville headquarters office this morning. The store owner says the ticket was the 19th of that game he sold this week.

Thomas Ramsey, retired, is undecided about what he will do with his winnings.

Holiday Treasures is the Lottery’s first $10 instant ticket game. The dark blue ticket offers players up to 25 chances to win instantly on each ticket, with the top prize of $250,000. To play Holiday Treasures, players scratch the face of the ticket to reveal a variety of holiday-themed symbols. Get 2 like symbols in the same game and win the prize shown for that game. Get a “2X” symbol and win double the prize shown for that game. Get a “25X” symbol and win 25 times the prize shown for that game. The overall odds are 1 in 2.41.

The Tennessee Lottery began selling its first instant tickets on Jan. 20, 2004. As of Oct. 15, the Lottery had transferred more than $174 million to the Tennessee Lottery for Education account, as well as more than $2 million for after-school programs. All Lottery profits will go to pay for specific education programs in Tennessee, which initially include HOPE Scholarships.

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