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OAK RIDGE MUSICIAN “CAN’T BELIEVE” $1 MILLION POWERBALL WIN; Boeing Employee Has Played Power Play, Powerball Since Game Came to Tennessee
Friday, December 2, 2005
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Betty and Bill Caylor receive their $1 Million Powerball prize from CEO Rebecca Paul and TEL Board Chair Denny Bottorff.

Bill Caylor considered changing the usual six numbers he faithfully used for months to play Powerball twice a week, but decided to wait a bit longer. His instinct paid off—literally—today as he and his wife celebrated a $1 million win at the Tennessee Lottery’s Nashville headquarters.

“We just can’t believe it,” said Caylor, who will celebrate his 60th birthday December 31st. “This is just great … everyone is so excited. We play regularly and we’ll be buying a ticket before we leave today!”

Bill is the eighth winner of $1 million or more since the Tennessee Lottery began its games just over 22 months ago. “Our group of million-dollar winners continues to grow, as does the excitement about the millions of dollars we’re raising for education,” said CEO and President Rebecca Paul, who presented Bill with his check this morning.

Caylor, a quality control inspector at Boeing in his hometown of Oak Ridge, and his wife Betty, haven’t made solid plans about what to do with their winnings other than helping their five children and 6-month old grandchild in any way necessary.

“This is really fun, and we plan to keep on having fun,” said Bill, who enjoys playing drums in a country band. Betty is also a musician and sings in a separate band.

By using the game’s Power Play option, Caylor’s second-tier prize (won by matching all five white balls) was multiplied from $200,000 to $1 million since the multiplier for Wednesday’s drawing was five. With Power Play, this means a player who wins a prize other than the jackpot is also guaranteed to multiply their winnings from two to five times, depending on which multiplier is selected for that drawing.

“I’m a die-hard Power Play person. I figure if I don’t win the jackpot, I’ll increase whatever else I win!” said Bill.

The Tennessee Lottery began selling its first tickets on January 20, 2004. As of September 30, 2005, the Lottery had raised more than $415 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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