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POKER DREAM COMES TRUE FOR MURFREESBORO PLAYER! “$100,000 Hold ‘em Poker” second-chance drawing sends player to the “big time”
Thursday, August 3, 2006
Media Contact:  Rachel Petrie
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“I’m so happy for him … it’s a lifelong dream,” said Carol, Tim Tepper's wife, shown here with Joe Hills, TEL VP of Sales (left)and husband Tim.

NASHVILLE - For Murfreesboro’s Tim Tepper, winning a chance to play “big-time” poker is a dream come true. Tepper, 57, along with wife Carol, claimed his dream prize today at the Tennessee Lottery’s Nashville headquarters, a package that includes a seat in a U.S. qualifying World Series of Poker tournament event.

“I’m so happy for him … it’s a lifelong dream,” said Carol.

The prize 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, such as the trip Tepper won.

Tim, an asset protection manager at Wal-Mart, has been following professional poker for several years and has played most of his life. He still plans to hone his skills before the tournament.

“The unknown players are the ones to look out for, because after watching the pros for a long time you can figure out their tricks,” he says.

Although he is confident in his skill, he didn’t disagree when Carol predicted: “He’s going to be a nervous wreck!”

The next step for Tim will be to work with the Lottery to choose which tournament to attend, although any qualifying event in Vegas will be the likely choice, according to the couple.

For more details about “$100,000 Hold ‘em Poker” or other Lottery games, visit a retailer, 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 Tim Tepper are available to the media by emailing

The Tennessee Lottery began selling its first tickets on January 20, 2004. As of June 30, 2006, the Lottery has raised more than $636 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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