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SOMERVILLE TICKETS MEAN $300,000 FOR 2 TICKET HOLDERS; Details from Saturday’s Powerball Drawing Prove Lucky for Town of 2,500
Monday, June 20, 2005
Media Contact:  Kym Gerlock
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Larry DeFoor and John Devore of Somerville with Lottery CEO and President Rebecca Paul

NASHVILLE - The small town of Somerville, just northeast of Memphis, is in the spotlight today after it was announced that two Powerball tickets, one worth $100,000 and one worth $200,000, were sold there. The winning tickets contained five of six correct winning numbers from Saturday night’s Powerball drawing, which means a $100,000 win. However, one of the tickets contained two winning plays, which means that ticket holder will win $200,000.

“This is most unusual to see two match-five winning plays on one ticket,” said Rebecca Paul, CEO and President of the Tennessee Lottery. “It just shows how players can win big in all kinds of ways.”

For the second time in less than three months, Tennessee’s Powerball game produced an extraordinarily high number of winners who matched five numbers correctly. Although there were eight top-tier ($100,000 or more) winning plays, there were just seven tickets since the Somerville ticket contained two winning plays. In addition to the Somerville players, another four $100,000 winning tickets were sold in Memphis, Nashville (2) and Hermitage. The eighth winner, who purchased the ticket in Germantown, chose Power Play, which quintuples the prize for that ticket to $500,000.

The Powerball jackpot for the next drawing on Wednesday, June 22 is estimated at $52 million. 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.

Please visit www.tnlottery.com and click on “winning numbers” for complete detailed charts on both drawings.

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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