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Thursday, May 17, 2007
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NASHVILLE - The third of the four Million $ Madness $1 million winners claimed her prize today at the Tennessee Lottery’s headquarters, leaving one mystery millionaire remaining.

Laurence Rochat of Knoxville gave his wife Kathy a Million $ Madness ticket to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary. And what a gift it turned out to be!

Laurence purchased the winning ticket at Sam’s Restaurant and Deli, where he is a regular customer. “I eat there every weekend,” said Laurence. “I’m sure they are wondering who the winner is!”

Kathy, a CAD operator for Vision Engineering and Development Services, Inc. of Sevierville, and Laurence, an Environmental Specialist with the Knox County Health Department, plan to continue working.

Among other things, the Rochats plan to invest in their daughter’s education and purchase a new home.

Million $ Madness was the Lottery’s first raffle-style game. The game sold out shortly after 9 p.m. CT Sunday night. Prior to awarding these four prizes, the Lottery has awarded $1 million or more to 12 Tennessee players, six who won from playing an instant ticket game and another six who won from Powerball, including a jackpot winner of $25.5 million and a Power Play 10X winner of $2 million.

The Tennessee Lottery began selling its first tickets on January 20, 2004. As of March 31, 2007, the Lottery has raised over $842 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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