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$25.5 MILLION WIN A FAMILY AFFAIR; Close-Knit Family Will Keep Working, “But We’ll Take a Few More Vacations!”; Ticket Purchased at Family’s Auto Parts Store in South Pittsburg, Tennessee
Thursday, March 31, 2005
Media Contact:  Kym Gerlock
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The Hubbard Family with CEO and President Rebecca Paul

NASHVILLE - For the Hubbard family of South Pittsburg, Tenn., March 30—along with six certain numbers—will forever be etched in their minds. The family, who owns Hub City Automotive Parts, learned on March 31 that they were the first Tennessee Lottery players to win the Powerball jackpot prize, estimated at $25.5 million.

“I screamed,” said Bobbi Hubbard, 41. “Then I yelled to my husband and everyone in the store that we had won the Powerball.” Bobbi’s husband, Richie, 51, said she “fell on the floor” and he had to literally pick her up. “This is it, this is it!” they screamed.

Bobbi and Richie, along with sons Brian and Brent, and their wives Stacey and Angel, spent the afternoon at the Tennessee Lottery headquarters in Nashville to claim their monumental prize and share their excitement. In addition to the jackpot prize, the Hubbards received a $25,000 retailer bonus for selling the winning ticket, as their store is also a Lottery retail outlet. Bobbi purchased the advance-draw ticket for 10 drawings beginning with the March 2 drawing. She chose the Quick Pick option, in which a computer generates the series of numbers for each play.

“We’ll keep working … some,” said Brian. “But we’ll take a few more vacations!” The family, who hasn’t decided if they will take a lump-sum payment or the annuity payment plan, isn’t worried about dividing the money among themselves or that it will impact their long-standing camaraderie. “We’re a close-knit family and always have been,” said Bobbi. In addition to the comment about vacations, the Hubbards will pay bills, continue to grow their business, and “do some good with it,” said Bobbi.

“The only thing more exciting than our first multi-million dollar winner is raising over $246 million for education, which is what we’ve done in just over a year with help from players and retailers such as the Hubbards,” said Rebecca Paul, CEO and President of the Tennessee Lottery, after an afternoon press conference.

In addition to the Hubbards’ win, 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. Four of those players arrived at the Lottery’s headquarters today to claim their prizes, including:

· $500,000 winner James Currie of Jackson

· $100,000 winner Matthew Holloman of Nashville

· $100,000 winner Alan Cunningham of Knoxville

· $100,000 winner Anthony Broughton of Nashville.

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

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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