NASHVILLE - A pre-dawn surprise wake-up call might disturb some people, but not Jeff Frye of Blountville. Jeff didn’t mind because when his son burst into his bedroom at 5 a.m., it was to announce that his dad was a millionaire!
“His face was white and he just yelled!” said Jeff, 52, and a manager at Eastman Chemical. “I told him last night that today I’d be a millionaire, but I really didn’t believe it.”
Jeff and his wife, Teresa, drove to the Tennessee Lottery’s Nashville headquarters on Wednesday, where they were the first of four winners to claim a $1 million prize. The excitement is part of Million $ Madness, a raffle-style game that culminated with Tuesday night’s drawing for four prizes of $1 million each, 10 prizes of $10,000 each and 500 winners of $100 each.
Jeff purchased his winning ticket at Mountainview Express, 1331 So. John B. Dennis Hwy. in Kingsport. This retailer will receive $5,000 for selling one of the million-dollar tickets.
The Fryes have two sons, one of whom is a HOPE Scholar, and Jeff says they plan to use most of their winnings for their children. However, he also has his eyes on a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
“That’s a definite!” he said.
Since the Tennessee Lottery began selling tickets on Jan. 20, 2004, it has raised more than $1 billion 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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