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$215M POWERBALL JACKPOT TIES FOR HIGHEST IN STATE; Wednesday night’s drawings mean $102.9K for Lotto 5 player in Germantown, $100K for Powerball player in Hamilton County
Thursday, May 26, 2005
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In addition to a $100K Powerball ticket sold in East Ridge, a player who purchased a Lotto 5 ticket in Germantown matched all five numbers to win the $102,923 jackpot.

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Lottery’s drawings last night proved lucky for big winners in Hamilton and Shelby counties, as well as continuing a thrilling Powerball run that has resulted in a $215 million jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing.

“When a jackpot gets this big, we see so many new players join in the excitement,” said Rebecca Paul, CEO and President of the Tennessee Lottery. “And more players mean more dollars for education.”

The $215 million jackpot ties for the highest since Tennessee joined the multi-state Powerball game on April 19, 2004. Although there was no grand prize winner from Wednesday’s drawing, there were 73,669 winners in Tennessee, one of whom purchased a $100,000 winning ticket in East Ridge.

There was, however, a jackpot winner last night in the Lottery’s Lotto 5 game. One player who purchased a ticket in Germantown, just outside of Memphis, matched all five numbers to win $102,923. There were 44 players who matched four numbers correctly to win $206 each, while another 1,637 players matched three of five numbers correctly to win $9 each.

Lotto 5 drawings are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 10:34 p.m. CST (11:34 p.m. EST); Powerball drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:59 p.m. CST (10:59 p.m. EST). Watch for both drawings on official Tennessee Lottery television stations 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 go to pay for specific education programs in Tennessee, which initially include college scholarships.

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