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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
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For most people, April 15 brings to mind taxes and deadlines. For seven lucky Tennesseans and their guests, however, today kicks off a “Hollywood Experience!” The Tennessee Lottery is sending the group to Hollywood today for an all-expense paid whirlwind trip won by entering non-winning “Deal or No Deal” lottery tickets into a series of second-chance drawings.

“We’re ready to rock-and-roll!” said Joanne Knox of Kingston. “I can’t wait to take on The Banker,” she said, referring to a member of the “Deal or No Deal” cast. Joanne, a nurse, is taking her daughter along for the trip, which includes: Roundtrip airfare to Hollywood for the seven 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. One trip winner will also 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.

For Keith and Roseanne Schipp of Maryville, the “Hollywood Experience” will be a second honeymoon. “We can’t believe it! The last time we were there was when we eloped 32 years ago!”

Other winners include: Juanita Edwards of Cottontown; Ilona Estes of Portland; Charlotte Warrick of Bon Aqua; Randall Crawford of Nashville; and Loretta Massengill of Clinton.

For players who didn’t win a trip, there’s still a chance to win $100,000 in a Bonus Drawing to be held on Aug. 28, at which time 7 finalists will also be drawn for a chance to win up to $2.5 million. Just enter a non-winning “Deal or No Deal” ticket by visiting

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 For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit

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