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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
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2 of the 16 Play it Again! winners celebrate their luck!

Sixteen lucky Tennessee Lottery players won more than $1.2 million just by entering non-winning instant tickets into Play it Again!, including a maintenance supervisor from Big Sandy who won $350,000.
“Well, I’ll be!” said Clarence Payne, 50, of Big Sandy, who won a whopping $350,000 by entering a non-winning “Winter Winnerland” instant ticket into last week’s drawing. “This will help us a lot,” said Clarence, who brought his wife Lisa with him to claim the prize at the Lottery’s Nashville headquarters.
Yvonne Brunette of Baxter also brought family members to help celebrate the excitement of claiming her $100,000 prize. “I had just told someone that it was someone’s turn in Baxter to win big,” said Yvonne, who won by entering a non-winning “Blazin’ Red Hot Bucks” ticket. “I didn’t know it would be me!”
Nancy Roberts, 30, of Counce, claimed her Play it Again! prize of $29,999 this week, as well. Nancy, who owns a hair salon and has a 3-year-old, said the money would help pay off her salon.
Thirteen other players won prizes ranging from $1,000 to $500,000 in the drawing, which brings the total awarded through Play it Again! to over $6.6 million. The program is designed to give a second chance to play and win while helping the environment. To “Play it Again,” simply visit or and follow the directions. 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 or Nashville.

About the Tennessee Lottery
The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation 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 and after-school programs. Since the Lottery began selling tickets on Jan. 20, 2004, it has raised more than $1.9 billion for these programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won $4.3 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned $472.6 million in retailer commissions. For more information, please visit For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit To see a county-by-county breakdown of the number of students who benefit, visit

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