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NON-WINNING TICKETS PAY OFF FOR 23 “PLAY IT AGAIN!” PLAYERS!
Friday, January 30, 2009
Media Contact:  Kym Gerlock
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NASHVILLE - Sometimes not winning a prize the first go-around can be the luckiest thing to happen to a Tennessee Lottery player. That’s the case for Jeanette Hendrix of Bells, Tenn., who broke into tears after learning she had won $100,000 by entering a non-winning instant ticket in the Lottery’s Play it Again! program.

“Woohoo! Are you serious?” said Jeanette, 43, on Thursday. “You have no idea what this means! Thank you, thank you, thank you!” Jeanette won by entering a non-winning “Strike it Rich” instant ticket.

Jeanette was just one of 23 players who won prizes ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 in this week’s Play it Again! drawing, which is the Lottery’s second-chance drawing program in which non-winning instant tickets have another chance to win.

Daisy Luttrell, of Atoka, Tenn., won $77,777 by entering a non-winning “Sapphire Blue 7s” ticket.” “This is awesome, this is just awesome!” she said.

Other winners include:
Jason Thompson, of Jackson, $50,000
Todd Lee, of Cumberland City, $20,000
Ray Roddy, of Dayton, $10,000
Pamela Graham, of Memphis, $20,000
…and 17 other players who won $1,000 each. For more details, click on the Play it Again! logo at www.tnlottery.com

Play it Again! is designed to give a second chance to play and win while helping the environment. To “Play it Again,” simply click on the Play it Again! icon and follow the directions … and that’s all there is to it—no need for postage, envelopes, or even to keep the ticket. Once the ticket is registered, the Lottery asks players to dispose of tickets properly. For added convenience, players may register at one of the Lottery’s district offices in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville.

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 www.tnlottery.com. For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit www.collegepaystn.com.

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