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$100K POWERBALL WINNER AT LARGE!; Lucky Fortune Cookie Drawing Produced Record Number of Winners
Friday, April 29, 2005
Media Contact:  Gretchen Vanhorn
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NASHVILLE - One month after the record-breaking Powerball drawing that meant a $25.5 million jackpot win for one Tennessee family, one of the 12 top-tier winning tickets remains unclaimed. While all five of those who won $500,000 with Power Play have claimed, and the other six who won $100,000 have collected their winnings, one player who purchased a ticket in Hixson remains anonymous.

When players began coming in to claim their prizes throughout all Powerball states, we learned that they had all played the ‘lucky numbers’ from a fortune cookie. What followed was a record-breaking number of winners at that level that broke all records and created quite a stir among players and lottery industry folks alike.

So the message is this: If you purchased a Powerball ticket in Hixson and played numbers from a fortune cookie, you might want to check your pockets!

Fortune cookie? “We knew something special had happened when we learned 12 match-five winners had all chosen their own numbers, and had all selected the same number for the Powerball,” said Rebecca Paul, CEO and President of the Tennessee Lottery.

“When players began coming in to claim their prizes throughout all Powerball states, we learned that they had all played the ‘lucky numbers’ from a fortune cookie. What followed was a record-breaking number of winners at that level that broke all records and created quite a stir among players and lottery industry folks alike.”

As with all of the Tennessee Lottery’s computerized games, players have 180 days to claim their prize. According to state law, once prizes are officially unclaimed, half of the money goes to after-school programs; the other half goes back into the prize pool.

Details about the players who have claimed so far from that “lucky fortune cookie” drawing include:

Prize Amount, Winner’s name, Winner’s hometown, Ticket Purchased at



$25.5 Million, Bobbi Hubbard, S. Pittsburg, Hub City Auto Parts, 605 S. Cedar Ave, S. Pittsburg

$500,000, James Currie, Jackson, East Chester Express, 1296 East Chester St, Jackson

$500,000, Florence Hayes, Nashville, Mapco Express, 1201 Gallatin Pike South, Madison

$500,000, Trina McCray, Memphis, Nana's Market #2, 3164 N. Watkins, Memphis

$500,000, Tina Boyd, Memphis, Exxon Stage, 4544 Stage Rd, Memphis

$500,000, Hisham Falah, Memphis, Winchester Omega Express, 3454 Winchester, Memphis

$100,000, Jacquelyn Garrett, Nashville, Daily's #885, 1311 Briarville Rd, Madison

$100,000, Matthew Holloman, Nashville, Mapco Express, 1201 Gallatin Pike South, Madison

$100,000, Anthony Broughton, Nashville, Mapco Express, 4190 Nolensville Rd, Nashville

$100,000, Alan Cunningham, Knoxville, Pilot #140, S. 9550 Northshore Dr., Knoxville

$100,000, Roy Butler, Nashville, Mapco Express, 5001 Linbar Dr, Nashville

$100,000, James Burton, Smyrna, Smyrna Amoco, 33 N. Lowry St., Smyrna



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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