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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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Joe Morin holds the big check!

NASHVILLE - Jo Ann Bullard and Joe Morin have played lottery games for years, but “never expected to win.” Once the Knoxville friends learned their Quick Pick LOTTO PLUS ticket correctly matched all six numbers in the drawing on Tuesday, April 21 to win $2.9 million, they became believers.

“Seeing is believing, and once I see this money it’s all going to sink in!” said Jo Ann, who has a consulting business with Joe that helps disabled individuals. “I checked the numbers five times…maybe more…and then I hugged my kitty and said, ‘Mama is going to get you a treat!’”

Joe and Jo Ann, who will split the prize, have no immediate plans for the money other than paying off their homes. The ticket was purchased at Fuel Plus, 1198 East Magnolia Ave. in Knoxville. The store will receive $5,000 for selling the winning ticket.

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 $1.4 billion for these programs, and returned to Tennessee communities more than $3 billion in prizes and more than $339 million in retailer commissions. For more information, please visit For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit

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