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Perry County Player Wins NASCAR® Player’s Choice Racing Trip Prize!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Media Contact:  Rachel Petrie
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Pete and Lorna Russell are congratulated by Lottery President and CEO Rebecca Paul Hargrvove

NASHVILLE - Car racing fan Douglas “Pete” Russell of Linden in Perry County is the winner of the NASCAR® Player’s Choice Racing Trip Prize from the Tennessee Lottery’s May 10 NASCAR® Instant Ticket Second-Chance Drawing.

“I was actually on the Tennessee Lottery’s website when my phone rang and it was the Lottery telling me that I had won,” said Russell. “I was so glad I was sitting down!”

Pete, a retiree from AIG American General, is a huge NASCAR® fan and was thrilled with the win. “I participate in a NASCAR® fantasy game at Chick’s Grill in Linden where I have breakfast every morning and where I bought the NASCAR® instant ticket that was drawn,” he said.

In lieu of the Racing Trip Prize, Pete chose the cash equivalent of $7,500. “I hate to fly,” he said. “With the prize money, my wife and I can drive to a NASCAR® race and take our dog Russell with us too!”

The NASCAR® instant ticket game is available at more than 4,700 retailers across the state. Each $2 ticket features one of five drivers, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth or Kasey Kahne and every non-winning ticket is eligible to be entered into a series of three second-chance drawings. Each drawing will award one Player’s Choice Racing Trip to a NASCAR® sanctioned race for the 2007 or 2008 season. The trip consists of a four-day, three night trip for two, including airfare, hotel, race tickets, two NASCAR® prize packages and $500 cash.

Each drawing will also select 159 Grand Prize Finalists who will receive a NASCAR® Licensed Prize Package. Players can choose from the same five drivers for the theme of their prize package. At the conclusion of these drawings, a final Grand Prize Drawing will be held among all Grand Prize Finalists to award $20,000. Visit for additional details.

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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