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POKER CHAMP TRIES HIS LUCK WITH LOTTERY’S “100,000 HOLD ‘EM POKER”
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Media Contact:  Kym Gerlock
(615) 324-6556 Office
(615) 604-2827 Mobile
 
Tennessee’s own Chris Moneymaker to promotes the Lottery’s new World Series of Poker instant ticket game

NASHVILLE - Even a seasoned World Series of Poker champion agrees that the Tennessee Lottery’s newest instant ticket game is fun to play.

“It’s a great way to get a feel for the game just by going to the corner store,” said Chris Moneymaker, 2003 World Series of Poker Champion. “And with the kinds of prizes up for grabs, I think I’d try my luck whether I was a beginner … or, well, myself!”

Moneymaker, who hails from Tennessee, joins Lottery CEO and President Rebecca Paul this week to promote "$100,000 Hold ‘em Poker." Not only will the team discuss the Lottery’s newest instant ticket game, but Moneymaker, 30, will share details of his transformation from working as an accountant in Tennessee to becoming a poker superstar after winning the $2.5 million first prize at the World Series of Poker main event in 2003.

(Media: Details of any special appearances will be announced in your area. To discuss additional opportunities, such as telephone interviews on February 15 or 16, please call Kym Gerlock,615-604-2827 or Rachel Petrie, 615-324-6555 or 615-351-6972).

The Tennessee Lottery launched the instant ticket game “100,000 Hold ‘em Poker” last week at more than 4,400 retail locations across the state. The game offers over $17 million in prizes and a chance to enter a second chance drawing for other prizes, including a chance to win a seat in a World Series of Poker tournament.

For more details about the game, visit a Tennessee Lottery retailer, visit www.tnlottery.com or call Player Services at 1-877-7TN-PLAY (786-7529) or in Metro Nashville, 615-254-4WIN (254-4946). Digital images of a “100,000 Hold ‘em Poker” ticket and Chris Moneymaker are available to the media by emailing rachel.petrie@tnlottery.com.

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.

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