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Friday, December 12, 2008
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NASHVILLE - Tennessee Lottery players won an average of more than $1.7 million each day in prizes during the past fiscal year, and today marked the 1,000th time a player has won $50,000 or more. Although that honor was exciting, simply winning $50,000 was enough for McMinnville’s Jonathan Smith.

“At first I thought I had just won a free ticket,” said Jonathan, 21. “Then I kept scratching and saw all those zeroes!” Jonathan was playing the Lottery’s popular Jumbo Bucks instant ticket game, which is just one of the many games people have played to win cash prizes that have ranged from $1 to $25.5 million, which is the top prize paid to date.

Jonathan, who claimed the prize this morning with his father, Jerry, purchased his milestone ticket at Mt. Leo Texaco in McMinnville.

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The Tennessee Education Lottery operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Net proceeds from sales of Lottery tickets, currently averaging over $5 million per week, fund specific education programs, including college scholarships, pre-kindergarten and after-school programs. Since the Tennessee Lottery began selling tickets on Jan. 20, 2004, it has raised more than $1.2 billion for these programs, and returned to Tennessee communities more than $2.7 billion in prizes and nearly $308 million in retailer commissions. For more information, please visit For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit


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