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$1 MILLION WINNER USED $8 FROM PREVIOUS WIN Power Play pays off for Tullahoma nurse
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Media Contact:  Kym Gerlock
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Barbara & Hans Blaul with TEL CEO & President Rebecca Paul

NASHVILLE - When Barbara Blaul cashed in an eight-dollar Powerball winning ticket last week, she figured investing her earnings in another $8 of Powerball plays would be wise. Her strategy paid off this morning when she collected her latest prize of $1 million!

“We always play the Power Play, and I’m sure glad that’s how we’ve kept playing,” said Barbara, 54, a nurse at Tullahoma’s Harton Regional Medical Center. “I’m still beside myself.”

With husband Hans at her side, Barbara collected her check from CEO and President Rebecca Paul at the Tennessee Lottery’s Nashville headquarters amid the cheers of onlookers.

“Barbara is the ninth member of a growing group of winners of $1 million or more,” said Paul. “We’re so happy to see such excitement from players, as well as the ongoing enthusiasm from families and students who benefit from the funds we raise.”

Although nothing is finalized, Barbara and Hans plan to pay bills, invest in their retirement and take a “small” vacation. After leaving the Lottery headquarters, their next move was to call their three children. They are also proud grandparents to seven grandchildren—all girls.

By using the game’s Power Play option, Barbara’s second-tier prize (won by matching all five white balls) was multiplied from $200,000 to $1 million since the multiplier for Saturday’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.

Barbara purchased her winning ticket at the Southeastern Discount Company in Tullahoma. The estimated jackpot for next Powerball drawing on Wednesday, January 18 is $87 million. Powerball drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:59 p.m. CST (10:59 p.m. EST).

The Tennessee Lottery began selling tickets on January 20, 2004. As of Dec. 31, 2005, the Lottery has raised more than $487 million to fund specific education programs, including college scholarships, pre-kindergarten and after-school programs. For more information, please visit www.tnlottery.com. For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit www.collegepaystn.com.

A digital image of the $1 million winner is available to the media by calling Rachel Petrie at 615.324.6555 or email rachel.petrie@tnlottery.com

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