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Lottery Announces Record-breaking CASH 3 payout; Lotto 5 Jackpot Grows to $575K
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
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NASHVILLE - Prizes in the Tennessee Lottery’s numbers game are high this week, with a record-breaking payout for CASH 3 and a jackpot for Lotto 5 that now exceeds one-half million dollars.

The numbers 777 proved lucky for 2,512 CASH 3 players after Sunday night’s drawing, which produced a record prize payout of $628,000. The previous record payout for that game was $493,750 for the numbers 222. The number 7 has proved lucky for instant ticket players, as well. Since the Lottery introduced its first tickets on January 20, 2004, the instant game “Lucky 7’s” has been the top-selling $1 ticket. Coincidentally, sales for Lucky 7’s for the week of April 16-April 23 were $777,780.

“CASH 3 is a daily chance for players to win up to $500 and we’re excited to see such interest in this fun game,” said Lottery CEO and President Rebecca Paul.

And in other Lottery news, the Lotto 5 jackpot continues to soar and climbs to an estimated $575,000 for the next drawing on Wednesday, April 27. Monday night’s drawing produced 1,976 winners, including 72 players who won $180 each and 1,904 players who won $11 each.

CASH 3 drawings are held nightly and winning numbers are announced as balls are drawn from three separate machines. Each machine contains 10 balls numbered 0-9. Players select a three-digit number from 000-999 and also can select one of seven different ways to play and win. For more details on how to play, check the Lottery’s website,

Lotto 5 Drawings are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 10:34 p.m. CST and can be seen on the Lottery’s television network partners throughout the state.

The Tennessee Lottery began selling its first tickets on January 20, 2004. Proceeds as of March 31, 2005 have resulted in transfers to the Lottery for Education Account of more than $291 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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