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Friday, August 26, 2005
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NASHVILLE - Beginning Sunday August 28, the excitement of Tennessee’s Powerball game will be even greater with larger and faster growing jackpots and more opportunities to win a second prize of $1 million.

“Tennessee has had a $25 million Powerball Jackpot winner and 72 second-prize Powerball winners who have claimed at least $100,000, 10 of whom turned $100,000 into $500,000 by using Power Play,” said Rebecca Paul, CEO and President of the Tennessee Lottery. “Now, with the much anticipated Powerball changes, Tennessee players will have a greater chance to win a million-dollar prize while continuing to have fun and support education.”

To answer player demand for larger and faster growing jackpots, the game will undergo additions which include:

More Chances to Win $1 Million: The second prize level for matching five white ball numbers will double from $100,000 to $200,000. With the purchase of the Power Play option, players are guaranteed to multiply their non-jackpot winnings by 2 to 5 times, which provides the opportunity to win a maximum of $1 million at the second prize level! For example, if the Powerball ticket matches all numbers except the red Powerball number, the player wins $200,000. If the player purchased the Power Play and the Power Play number is 5 for that draw, the player wins $1 million. The third level-prize (Match-4 and the Powerball number) will also double from $5,000 to $10,000, which means with Power Play a winner could win up to $50,000.

Faster Growing Jackpots: If the jackpot is not won, it will increase by $5 million or more based on sales for each drawing.

Higher Starting Jackpots: The amount of the starting jackpot will jump from the current $10 million to $15 million.

Players will now choose 5 numbers between 1 and 55 rather than 1 through 53. The selection of numbers for matching the red Powerball remains the same. Overall odds of winning a prize will remain virtually the same at 1 in 36.60 (from 1 in 36.06), while the odds of winning the jackpot will change from 1 in 120.5 million to 1 in 146.1 million.

For more information, call the Tennessee Lottery’s Player Service hotline at 1-877-7TN-PLAY or in the Metro Nashville area, 615-254-4WIN, or visit

The Tennessee Lottery began selling its first tickets on January 20, 2004. As of June 30, 2005, the Lottery has raised more than $359 million to fund specific education programs, including college scholarships, pre-kindergarten and after-school programs. For more information, please visit For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit


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