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THREE FINALISTS PREPARE FOR MILLIONAIRE DRAWING; Second event set for Saturday in Gatlinburg
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Media Contact:  Kym Gerlock
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Three west Tennesseans will head east this weekend to enjoy the beauty of the Smokies—and a chance to become one of the Tennessee Lottery’s instant-ticket million-dollar winners.


The Tennessee Lottery recently selected three finalists to participate in “Millionaire Live!”, a grand prize drawing for $1 million to be held at 7 p.m. EST, Saturday, Feb. 5 at Gatlinburg’s Reagan Drive Fire Hall. The event is free and open to the public. 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.



“The excitement about this event has been building for some time among players and Lottery employees alike,” said Rebecca Paul, CEO and President of the Tennessee Lottery. “Making people happy and raising dollars for education is a winning combination.”



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 preliminary drawing with the chance of winning $1 million in a grand prize drawing event.



The three finalists are:

Bobby Myers, Jr., 69, a retiree from Dyersburg who is an avid pool player with five children. Mr. Myers plans to pay bills with his winnings. If he wins the grand prize, he plans to purchase a recreational vehicle and take a vacation.
Minnie Williams, 54, of Memphis, has two children and is an active member of her church choir. She also enjoys cooking. No matter what amount she wins, Minnie plans to purchase a home. And if it’s the million? “I’ll invest the remainder,” she said.
Diane Taylor, 46, a child-care provider from Memphis who enjoys dancing, is confident about her chances of winning the grand prize. “I just know I’m going to win,” she said. Diane plans to donate part of her winnings to her church and purchase a larger home.


Saturday’s Millionaire Live! is the second of three such events. The 30-minute program will be produced by the Tennessee Lottery and Knoxville’s WBIR-TV and will be aired on Lottery drawing television stations throughout the state.



The Tennessee Lottery began selling its first instant tickets on January 20, 2004. Proceeds as of December 31, 2004 have resulted in transfers to the Lottery for Education Account of $231.2 million, in addition to 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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