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LOTTERY’S FIRST YEAR A WIN FOR EDUCATION OVER $246 MILLION RAISED; FINALISTS FOR MILLION-DOLLAR DRAWING ANNOUNCED
Thursday, January 20, 2005
Media Contact:  Kym Gerlock
615-324-6556 Office
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Senator Steve Cohen and CEO Rebecca Paul

NASHVILLE—After 365 days of ticket sales, the Tennessee Education Lottery today celebrates its first-year anniversary with higher-than projected revenues and an optimistic outlook for its next year.

“This first year is something all Tennesseans can be excited about,” said Rebecca Paul, CEO and President of the Tennessee Lottery. “Not only have we raised over $246 million in new dollars for education, but every student who qualified has received a scholarship or grant.”

Joined by Sen. Steve Cohen and Rep. Chris Newton, co-sponsors of the legislation that created the Lottery, and Brian Noland, associate executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Paul made several announcements today at the Lottery’s Nashville headquarters. A few details from the first 365 days include:

$863,425,000 in gross ticket sales
More than $246 million raised for education
More than $2 million for after-school programs
$461.1 million in prizes won by players
$56.1 million paid in retailer commissions

“We’re just warming up,” said Paul. “The Tennessee Lottery is headed into 2005 with a variety of plans to continue the momentum generated in Year One.”

New developments include a fourth computerized game to launch by late spring, a “Quick Pick” option for the popular Cash 3 online game, a series of television commercials featuring Tennessee’s legendary Issac Hayes, and a second million-dollar drawing. The three finalists for that drawing, which will be broadcast live from Gatlinburg on Feb. 5, were also announced today.

They are:

Bobby Myers, Jr., 69, a retiree from Dyersburg who has five children and 20 grandchildren
Minnie Williams, 54, who has two children and three grandchildren and lives in Memphis
Diane Taylor, 46, a child-care provider from Memphis who has five children and seven grandchildren.

Tennessee Lottery: A Year in Review

In its first 365 days, the Tennessee Lottery:

Sold $863,425,000 in tickets
Raised more than $246 million for education
Paid approximately $461.1 million in prizes to players
Paid $56.1 million to retailers in sales commissions
Assisted 36,672 students who used Lottery funded scholarships and grants to attend higher education institutions in the state during Fall 2004 (according to TSAC figures)

Other Fun Facts:

Number of retailers: 4,411

Top prize paid to date: $1 million (Tennessee Millionaire instant ticket game)

Number of winners of $50,000 or more: 103

Most popular instant games:

$1 game: Lucky 7s

$2 game: Jumbo Bucks

$5 game: $100,000 Jackpot

Top computerized prize paid to date: $670,823 (Lotto 5 jackpot)

Number of Instant Games Launched: 47

Number of computerized games launched: 3 (Cash 3, Powerball, Lotto 5)

Number of Lottery employees: 178, including 2 interns

Sales by district: Nashville 35%, Memphis 27%, Knoxville 17%, Chattanooga 13%, Tri Cities 8%

Top 10 counties based on % of Total Sales:

Shelby..........15.70%
Davidson........11.40%
Knox.............6.90%
Hamilton.........4.80%
Rutherford.......3.50%
Madison..........2.20%
Lincoln..........2.00%
Giles............1.90%
Sevier...........1.80%
Sumner...........1.80%

Top 10 Retailers:

STATE LINE CONOCO.............FAYETTEVILLE
SOUTH LINCOLN FOOD MART.......FAYETTEVILLE
STATELINE MARKET..............ST. JOSEPH
HP MAX FUEL...................ARDMORE
THE ARDMORE EXCHANGE..........ARDMORE
TRUE DISCOUNT TOBACCO OUTLET..ARDMORE
ARDMORE EXXON.................ARDMORE
TNT BEER & TOBACCO............ARDMORE
IVEY PRODUCE..................FAYETTEVILLE
CHIEFS BAR-B-Q................IRON CITY









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