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LOTTERY CELEBRATES 5TH ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW GAMES, MORE PRIZES “FreePlay” will give free LOTTO PLUS quick pick ticket with every Powerball ticket purchase of $5 or more!
Friday, January 2, 2009
Media Contact:  Kym Gerlock
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NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Lottery is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month with a variety of new ways for players to have fun, win prizes … and add to the $1.3 billion generated for education.

The anniversary menu includes:

Sunday, Jan. 4: Changes to Powerball that will mean bigger jackpots and more cash prizes. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Monday, Jan. 5: A “FreePlay” promotion that will run through Jan. 31. Players will receive a free LOTTO PLUS Quick Pick ticket with every Powerball ticket purchase of $5 or more.
Tuesday, Jan. 6: “5th Anniversary Celebration” instant ticket game that offers a chance to win up to $100,000 in addition to other cash prizes.
Tuesday, Jan. 20: Official five-year anniversary of the Tennessee Lottery.

“What better way to celebrate five great years than by continuing the momentum that has helped us raise $1.3 billion for education,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery. “We’re proud of how far we’ve come and are looking forward to another five years of creating a brighter future for all Tennesseans.”

Beginning Monday, the Lottery is offering a “FreePlay” promotion that will run through January 31. Players will receive a free LOTTO PLUS Quick Pick ticket with every Powerball ticket purchase of $5 or more. LOTTO PLUS is Tennessee’s own lotto-style game with a jackpot of $11.2 million for tonight’s drawing.

To play LOTTO PLUS, just 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. Please note that FreePlay is unavailable during the LOTTO PLUS draw break on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:59 p.m. CT until 10 p.m. CT

In addition to FreePlay, the Lottery is announcing changes to the popular Powerball game, which were made after Florida chose to join the multi-state game. With the addition of millions of players, the Multi-State Lottery Association and its member states created changes to the game that will result in the following features:

· Starting jackpot of $20 million (largest in the world)

· Average jackpot is expected to increase from $95.5 million to $141 million

· Any winner who plays Power Play and matches all five white ball numbers will win $1 million, regardless of the multiplier selected. In Tennessee alone, there have been 181 tickets sold since inception that matched all five white ball numbers. (As always, all set prizes and Power Play prizes may be reduced if claims exceed available prize fund.)

· Four white ball numbers will be added, which means players will select five numbers from 1 to 59

· Three red Powerball numbers will be subtracted, which means players will choose one red number from 1 to 39

· The overall odds of the game have been reduced to add more than 3 million extra prizes won per year

· Overall odds to win a prize are 1 in 35

· Odds to win the jackpot are 1 in 195.2 million

For more details about these and other games, see your nearest Lottery retailer, visit or call Player Services at 1-877-7TN-PLAY. In the Nashville area, call 254-4946.

About the Tennessee Education Lottery

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 $1.3 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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