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$25.5 MILLION POWERBALL WINNER IN TENNESSEE! 5 Others Win Half-Million Each; Another 7 Win $100K Each from Last Night’s Drawing
Thursday, March 31, 2005
Media Contact:  Kym Gerlock
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NASHVILLE - Powerball fever is high this morning in Tennessee, as the Tennessee Lottery announced its first jackpot winner of approximately $25.5 million for a player who purchased the ticket in South Pittsburg, located near Chattanooga. Incredibly, another 12 players matched five of five numbers correctly; five of them will win $500,000 each since they used the Power Play option, while the other seven will win $100,000 each.

The total in prizes from last night’s Powerball drawing for Tennessee players is $28,876,708.

“What a phenomenal day,” said Rebecca Paul, CEO and President of the Tennessee Lottery. “Not only is this our first jackpot winner, but it will be our highest payout ever to Tennessee players, who continue to have fun while helping education.”

Details about the $25.5 million jackpot winner will not be available until the ticket holder comes to the Lottery’s Nashville office to claim his or her prize. According to Powerball rules, jackpot winners have 60 days to choose a lump-sum payout, which in this case would be $13,851,000, or an annunity payment. If the player chooses the cash option, it will take approximately two weeks to receive the check.

The following information is available about where the 12 additional top-tier prize winning tickets from last night’s Powerball drawing were purchased:

· 3 $500,000 tickets sold in Memphis

· 1 $500,000 ticket sold in Jackson

· 1 $500,000 ticket sold in Madison

· 2 $100,000 tickets sold in Nashville

· 1 $100,000 ticket sold in Hixson

· 1 $100,000 tickets sold in Smyrna

· 1 $100,000 ticket sold in Knoxville

· 2 $100,000 tickets sold in Madison

The winning numbers drawn were 22, 28, 32, 33, 39 and the Powerball was 42. The Power Play multiplier was 5.

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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