NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Lottery’s “Play It Again!” program awarded more than $3.6 million to 14 lucky Tennesseans this week, with prizes ranging from $1,000 to $2 million. Players win by entering non-winning instant tickets online, and most can’t believe they’ve won when notified that their entry had been drawn. Highlights from just a few of the winners include:
Misty Moses, a restaurant manager from Benton who won a whopping $500,000, arrived with her entire immediate family, all of whom were thrilled. Misty said she will invest and pay bills with her prize.
“There was no way in the world I ever thought this would be me,” said Russell Holladay, a road project employee from Huntingdon who was one of five winners of $200,000 each. “I’m going to hug your neck!” he told Lottery President and CEO Rebecca Hargrove, who notifies the winners by telephone and is on-hand to award the special prizes.
Lea Garcia of Maryville, a paralegal and massage therapist who also won $200,000, said she will pay off student loans with part of her winnings. And who knows? She might open her own therapy practice one day, she said.
Yet another $200,000 winner, shoe salesman Robert Simpson of Hermitage, had fun with Ms. Hargrove discussing shoes and what he might do with his prize. “This puts a reset button on my finances,” he told her, as wife Sheila stood by wiping tears from her eyes.
Vincent Warr, a security guard from Chattanooga, differed from most of the winners because he had “no doubt” he would get the magic phone call. “I’ve been waiting, and I knew this day would come,” he told Ms. Hargrove as she presented him with a ceremonial $200,000 “big check.”
To “Play it Again,” players simply visit tnvipsuite.com and become a VIP Players Suite member (free). Once registered, players can scan non-winning instant tickets with the TN Lottery phone app or enter online. By entering tickets, VIP Members also receive points to enter drawings for a variety of merchandise, travel packages, and more.
See www.tnvipsuite.com for a complete list of Play It Again! winners and to learn more.
About the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation
The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Since January 20, 2004, the Lottery has raised more than $4.4 billion to fund designated education programs, including after-school programs, college grants and scholarships and the Governor’s Drive to 55 initiatives.
In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $12.1 billion in prizes and Lottery retailers have earned more than $1.1 billion in retailer commissions.
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