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NASHVILLE - The jackpot for Tennessee’s own lotto-game, LOTTO PLUS, now stands at a record high of $8 million for Friday night’s drawing, sending imaginations into overdrive from Memphis to Mountain City. Just for fun, the Tennessee Lottery did a little research to find out what some people have or could have done with a cool $8 million:

• Barely match one year of charitable donations given by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who reportedly gave away more than $8 million in 2006 ($4.4 million from Brad, $4.1 million from Angelina) to organizations including Global Action for Children and Doctors Without Borders

• Gobble up 56,737,588 double cheeseburgers from White Castle (price figured without sales tax)

• Take a spin in the Maybach Exelero, a hand-built “monster” car with a 700 horsepower engine that travels from 0 to 60 mph. in 4.4 seconds, has a top-speed of 218 mph … and sucks up approximately 4.8 mpg…

• Move into approximately 4,000 prime square feet in a “classic prewar co-op” on Park Avenue in Manhattan

• Bid on a 101-carat, near-flawless diamond that was up for auction by Cristie's International in Hong Kong.

• Purchase the $8 million diamond bra worn by supermodel Heidi Klum

And the list goes on…

Playing Lotto Plus is simple: Players select any six numbers from 1 to 44, or choose Quick Pick to let a computer randomly pick any or all of the numbers. Each play is $1. If 3, 4, 5, or 6 of those numbers are drawn in any order, the player wins. If no ticket matches all six numbers drawn, the jackpot increases a minimum of $100,000 for the next drawing. As with Powerball and Pick 5, if more than one ticket matches all of the numbers drawn, the jackpot will be split among the ticket holders.

Lotto Plus also has a Plus Feature, which will multiply any non-jackpot winnings by 2 to 5 times for an extra dollar per play. Drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at 10 p.m. CT/11 p.m. ET, then broadcast on Lottery partner stations.

Since the Tennessee Lottery began selling tickets on Jan. 20, 2004, it has raised more than $1.2 billion 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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