NASHVILLE - February may be the shortest month of the year, but Tennessee Lottery sales during its 28 days have set a record that surpasses every other month since its inception more than five years ago.
“Not only is this great news for the education programs we fund, but also for the thousands who are winning prizes and having fun,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery.
Sales during February were $108,735,847, which breaks the previous record of $104,451,421 set during February 2006.
Hargrove attributes the past month’s activity primarily to “Tennessee Millionaires Club,” an instant-ticket game introduced Feb. 3 that has the highest prize payout percentage of any game in Tennessee Lottery history. The game includes more than $150 million in cash prizes, including 20 prizes of $1 million.
As of Friday, Feb. 27, “Tennessee Millionaires Club” players had won over $15.5 million in prizes.
Sales for all Tennessee-only games are slightly ahead of where they were last year at this same time.
“In addition to ‘Tennessee Millionaires Club’, we have had several big winners in our other games since the first of the year, which also helps build excitement and help the Lottery continue its growth,” said Hargrove.
Of all the Lottery’s games, since the beginning of 2009, there have been five winners of $1 million or more, which brings the total to 29 since inception, and 46 winners of $50,000 or more, which brings the total to 1,065 since inception.
For more details about these and other games, see your nearest Lottery retailer, visit www.tnlottery.com 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 more than $319 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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