Exactly two years and two months since the launch of the Tennessee Lottery, ticket sales surpassed the $2 billion sales mark.
"This milestone is a clear indication that Tennessee continues to embrace the games," said Rebecca Paul, President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery. "While players and retailers have benefited significantly, it's education in Tennessee that remains the biggest winner of all."
As of midnight, March 20, the Lottery reports gross ticket sales of $2,000,324,642. Instant tickets make up more than 70 percent of overall sales. The multi-state lotto game, Powerball, is the next biggest seller, with Cash 3, Lotto 5 and Cash 4 following.
"Our success continues to rely on innovative marketing, superior customer service and operating the games with the utmost integrity," said Ms. Paul.
Recent developments include the new instant game, "World Series of Poker $100,000 Hold ‘em Poker," and a special Powerball Power Play promotion that gives players the opportunity to win up to $2 million.
The Tennessee Lottery began selling tickets on Jan. 20, 2004. As of Dec. 31, 2005, the Lottery has raised more than $487 million to fund specific education programs, including college scholarships, pre-kindergarten and after-school programs.