NASHVILLE - Life just became a bit sweeter for Rick Checchin, an employee of the South’s famous “Goo Goo” candy company, also known as the Standard Candy Company. Rick, of Murfreesboro, discovered only this morning—five-and-a-half weeks after the drawing—that he had won $1 million in the Tennessee Lottery’s Million $ Madness game.
“I’ve just been living life,” said Rick, 47. “I heard my co-workers talking about the Lottery this morning and I remembered that I had those tickets in my wallet.” Turns out that one of the two tickets he had purchased on March 8, 2007 was one of four $1 million winners drawn on May 14. The other three lucky players claimed their prizes within three days of the drawing.
After calling his wife, who was driving one of their two children home from the dentist, Rick headed to the Lottery’s Nashville headquarters to claim his prize.
“Between me, the wife and our kids, we’ll have no trouble spending it!” he joked. Rick lives in Murfreesboro and is a native of Sarasota, Florida. He enjoys golfing, fishing and spending time with his family.
The other $1 million winners from Million $ Madness were Laurence Rochat of Knoxville; David Smith of Old Hickory; and Burt Isabell of Sylacauga, Alabama.
Million $ Madness was a raffle-style game with a limited number of tickets. All 800,000 tickets sold out prior to the drawing on May 14, which selected four winners of $1 million each, two winners of $50,000 each, and one-hundred of $500 each. As an added bonus, each retailer who sold a $1 million ticket received $5,000.
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 www.tnlottery.com. For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit www.collegepaystn.com.
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