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POKER FAN WINS TRIP TO WORLD SERIES OF POKER TOURNAMENT! Nashville man wins “chance of a lifetime” in $100,000 Hold ‘em Poker second-chance drawing
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Media Contact:  Rachel Petrie
(615) 324-6555 Office
(615) 351-6972 Mobile
 
Sidney Chambers, Lottery EVP of Sales and Marketing congratulates Tom White on his chance to play in the World Series of Poker, which Tom called the “best prize anyone has ever offered.”

NASHVILLE - For poker fan Tom White, the Tennessee Lottery has given him the ultimate gift: A trip to try his skill in a World Series of Poker tournament.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime event,” said White, a Nashvillian who claimed his prize at the Lottery’s Nashville office. “You have to have money and confidence for this kind of thing.” With his win from the Tennessee Lottery, White says he has both.

The excitement is part of the Lottery’s “$100,000 Hold ‘em Poker” instant ticket game, which offers over $17 million in prizes and a chance to enter non-winning tickets into a series of second chance drawings for other prizes, including a seat in a U.S. qualifying World Series of Poker tournament event. White was one such prize winner in the second of four second-chance drawings and said he has been practicing for quite some time for this opportunity.

“I know how to play poker,” he said with confidence. “I like being able to play the right way to win.” He recently placed sixth to win $6,400 at a game in Tunica, which added fuel to the fire to play for higher stakes. The chance to enter the crème de la crème of poker games is the “best prize anyone has ever offered,” he said.

White, 56, is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. He and his wife, Sally, have recently moved their insurance agency to Pegram, just outside of Nashville, to enjoy life in a smaller community. Sally is an avid fan of the Tennessee Lottery and also likes to play roulette.

The next step for Tom will be to work with the Lottery to choose which tournament to attend.

For more details about “$100,000 Hold ‘em Poker” or other Lottery games, visit a retailer, www.tnlottery.com or call Player Services at 1-877-7TN-PLAY (786-7529) or in Metro Nashville, 615.254-4WIN (254-4946). A digital image of a “100,000 Hold ‘em Poker” ticket and a photo of Tom White are available to the media by emailing rachel.petrie@tnlottery.com.

The Tennessee Lottery began selling tickets on January 20, 2004. As of March 31, 2006, the Lottery has raised more than $567 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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