First 2 winners of $1 million lottery prizes come forward
Burt Isabell had this reaction Tuesday when he learned he'd won $1 million in the Tennessee Lottery: I just started hollering, 'You're looking at a millionaire!'
No one half-believed me, he said. Then I showed 'em the ticket and of course they asked to borrow some money.
Isabell, of Sylacauga, Ala., and David Smith of the Old Hickory section of Nashville were the first of four winners to come forward to claim their $1 million in the state's first Million $ Madness game. The other t ...
May 16, 2007, 7:19 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery raffle game makes 4 millionaires
Winning Tennessee Lottery tickets worth $1 million each were sold in Manchester, Nashville, Knoxville, and Old Hickory.
The winning tickets were announced Monday evening in the lottery's first-ever drawing of its new raffle-style game, Million $ Madness. Results are available now at:
Four $1 million prizes were doled out, along with two winners of $50,000 each and 100 winners of $500 each.
Names of the winners will not be ...
May 15, 2007, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery to make 4 millionaires tonight
The Tennessee Lottery is about to make four people millionaires.
The four $1 million prizes will be doled out Monday evening in the lottery's first Million $ Madness game.
Players have told us for years they want this kind of game, said Rebecca Paul Hargrove, president and CEO of the lottery. And it will mean an estimated $3.2 million in proceeds for education in the state.
Lottery officials will cut off ticket sales when 800,000 are sold a number nearly reached as the weekend began ...
May 14, 2007, 7:05 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee couple wins Powerball lottery 10x promotion
A Murfreesboro, Tennessee, couple struck it rich over the weekend from a Powerball promotion that turned a $200,000 second-prize win into a $2 million jackpot.
Nita and Merwin Scruggs came forward Monday to collect their check and become millionaires.
We still can't believe it, said 59-year-old Merwin Scruggs, a manager at Graves Metal Products Inc. in Shelbyville, on Monday in a news release. We didn't sleep at all last night.
The winning Powerball Power Play ticket, which was pur ...
Apr 17, 2007, 7:40 am - Lottery News forum
Rebecca Paul Hargrove: Former newswoman cashes in on lottery career
If running a state lottery is a risky business, you could say that Rebecca Paul Hargrove has hit the jackpot.
The onetime community affairs director of WICS-TV in Springfield, Hargrove then known as Rebecca Paul was named to head the Illinois State Lottery in 1985 by Gov. James Thompson.
She went on to be named the first director of Florida's lottery in 1987. Her lottery start-up experience led her to head Georgia's new games in 1993, and in 2003, she was named president and CEO of the ...
Apr 2, 2007, 1:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Tenn. legislator no longer pursuing national lottery
Idea had no support from House Democrat leaders
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., said Tuesday that he has abandoned the idea of sponsoring a bill to create a national lottery, saying it had little support from his party leaders, and would take money from the hands of Tennesseans.
Cohen suggested just after his November election that he might pursue the idea after his lengthy and ultimately successful effort to get a Tennessee Lottery signed into law. But his first discussions with House Dem ...
Feb 7, 2007, 12:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery introduces new raffle game
To mark its third anniversary, the Tennessee Lottery introduced a game Monday that gives Tennesseans the best odds yet to win $1 million.
The new game, Million $ Madness, gives players a one in 200,000 chance of winning $1 million.
Rebecca Paul Hargrove, the chief executive officer of the Tennessee Education Lottery, said lotto players always want a better chance of winning prizes, which they can have in the new game.
It's the best odds yet of winning $1 million, Hargrove said. ...
Jan 23, 2007, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum
High rate of Tenn. Lottery scholarships are lost by bad grades
There is a high probability that Tennessee college students with lottery funded scholarships will lose them.
A state report found 64% of students who got the scholarships two years ago failed to qualify to keep them.
In translation, roughly almost two out of every three students' did not make the grade.
Of the money raised by the Tennessee Lottery, 30% goes to college scholarships. Figures, just now coming in for students who received the first bunch of scholarships in 2004, are not ...
Jan 19, 2007, 3:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery Ticket Worth Over Half A Million Sold In Nashville
A Tennessee Lotto 5 ticket sold in Nashville correctly matched all five numbers from Monday night's drawing, hitting the jackpot of $518,712.
No additional information is available until the player claims the prize.
The Tennessee Lottery offices are closed Tuesday for the holidays and will reopen on Wednesday.
The Lotto 5 jackpot dropped back down to its baseline amount of $40,000 for the Wednesday drawing.
Lotto 5 drawings are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 10:34 p. ...
Dec 26, 2006, 11:44 am - Lottery News forum
New Tenn. congressman wants national lottery
Tennessee State Senator Steve Cohen, author of the bill creating the Tennessee Lottery, says he may consider working on a bill to create a national lottery to pay off the national debt when he heads to Congress.
I've considered that, he said. I know that the state lottery's against it, but I think a national lottery to pay off the national debt would be a good thing. ... Debt is a serious problem. A national lottery could help.
Cohen, a Democrat, was elected to succeed U.S. Rep. Harol ...
Nov 14, 2006, 10:54 am - Lottery News forum