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Thursday, October 23, 2008
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The Estes accept their "Hollywood Trip Experience" from the Tennessee Lottery!

A couple from Portland, Tenn. will have the honeymoon they never had—20 years after they wed and courtesy of the Tennessee Lottery! Ilona Estes is one of two winners chosen this week who will receive a “Hollywood Trip Experience,” which includes a trip to Hollywood and a chance to play “Deal or No Deal” with Howie Mandel.

“This can’t be real,” said Ilona, 45, to her husband, Anthony, with tears in her eyes. “We’ve never had a honeymoon and this will be our 20th anniversary!”

Ilona, along with Juanita Edwards of Cottontown, won after her non-winning “Deal or No Deal” instant ticket was selected in a drawing this week. Both women will receive a “Hollywood Experience,” which includes roundtrip airfare to Hollywood for the winners and one guest each, five days/four nights luxury hotel accommodations, $5,000, and a chance to play a non-broadcast version of the daily “Deal or No Deal” show.

There will be five additional trips given away in future second-chance drawings, and one trip winner will be randomly selected to participate in the “Deal or No Deal” non-broadcast game with Howie Mandel for a chance to win up to $2.5 million!

Ilona and Anthony are the proud parents of two children, one of whom intends to attend college next year on a lottery-funded scholarship. “Her GPA is above what’s necessary, and we’re so proud!”

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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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