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LATEST WINNERS CLAIM $667,142 PRIZE Tickets purchased in Winchester & Jackson
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
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Jason Knox, TEL CEO & President Rebecca Paul, Effie Wimley-Neal, Jim Neal

NASHVILLE - Two more winners from Saturday night’s record-breaking Powerball drawing arrived at the Tennessee Lottery’s Nashville headquarters today to claim their $667,142 second-place prizes.

Effie Wimley-Neal from Belvedere in Franklin County and Jason Knox from Dyer in Gibson County are the second and third of the five Tennessee Powerball winners to claim a prize that was increased by $467,142 due to a Bonus Prize Pool set in motion by the record-breaking jackpot.

Newlyweds Effie Wimley-Neal and her husband Jim are the owners of Johnny’s Auto Sales in Belvedere and purchased their ticket at B & B Tobacco Express in Winchester. “We are going to help our church pay off their building fund and then we are going to join my best friend on a cruise to the Caribbean,” said Effie.

Thirty-two year-old Jason Knox works for Modern Telephone Systems in Jackson and plans to help his family and invest some of his winnings. “I’ve been interested in returning to school to pursue an MBA,” says Jason, “so this money will help with tuition.” Jason purchased his winning ticket at Old Hickory Citgo in Jackson.

The prize for matching the five white balls is typically $200,000. When a Powerball jackpot record is broken, as with the amount for the past Saturday’s drawing, a Bonus Prize Pool is created to “Share the Winnings” among the second-tier prize level. Five Tennessee players will enjoy the results of this feature, while a Manchester player will collect $1,267,142 due to choosing the Power Play option. The other second tier tickets were purchased in Christiana and Oliver Springs. No additional information is available about the winners until they claim their prize.

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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