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Friday, January 27, 2006
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Lottery CEO and President Rebecca Paul presents the winning check to three members of the "Lucky 13."

NASHVILLE - Thirteen proved to be a lucky number for a group of friends and co-workers from Summertown who won $200,000 playing the Tennessee Lottery’s Powerball game.

Lily Trainor, Julia Skinner and David Thomas, who grew up together on The Farm in Summertown, came to the Lottery’s Nashville headquarters today as representatives of the “Lucky 13” partnership. The three friends collected the group’s prize and encouraged other players to organize lottery groups.

“We’ve had lots more people (we work with) who want to join,” said David Thomas, managing partner of Lucky 13. “It’s a good way to play.”

Each of the 13 members of the partnership work at S.E. International, Inc., a radiation detector manufacturer in Summertown. Each person pays $2 per week as part of their Powerball play strategy. When asked what they did after learning of the big win, David replied: “There was much dancing … and shouting.”

The Powerball jackpot for Saturday’s drawing is estimated at $135 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 For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit

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