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Tennessee Lottery to launch Powerball on April 19

Apr 7, 2004, 3:19 am

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Tennessee LotteryTennessee Lottery: Tennessee Lottery to launch Powerball on April 19

Powerball is rolling into Tennessee in just 12 days, the Tennessee Lottery announced Tuesday.

The multi-state lotto game, which will launch on April 19, gives players a chance to win one of nine different cash prizes, including a multimillion-dollar jackpot.

Powerball is a proven favorite of Tennesseans who have been anticipating its arrival since a lottery was created in the state, said Rebecca Paul, CEO and president of the Tennessee Lottery.

Powerball will be an excellent enhancement to our current games, which have already raised millions for education programs in the state, said Paul. The game also creates additional opportunities for our retail partners, from the excitement it will build among customers to the $25,000 bonus available for a lucky retailer who sells a winning Jackpot ticket.

Lottery sales representatives are working with retailers across the state in preparation for launch day. In addition to hands-on, in-store training, sales team members are delivering How to Play brochures, Powerball playslips, and colorful red and purple signage to more than 4,000 retailers.

Were working seven days a week to be sure every retailer is ready for the big day, said Paul. As usual, our Retailer Hotline and sales representatives are ready for any questions and to offer suggestions to help ensure a smooth launch.

Basics of playing Powerball include: For just $1 per play, players can try their luck to win one of nine different prizes by selecting five numbers, each from 1 to 53, plus a sixth number from 1 to 42the Powerball. Overall odds of winning are 1:36.

In addition to the multimillion-dollar Jackpot, players have a chance to win eight other prizes, from $3 to $100,000. And, for an additional $1 per play, there is also a Power Play option, which can multiply the non-jackpot winnings by 2 to 5 timesmeaning that Power Play participants can win up to $500,000.

Powerball drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:59 p.m. CST (10:59 p.m. EST). Watch for drawings at 10 p.m. CST (11 p.m. EST) on official Tennessee Lottery networks throughout Tennessee.

As with all Tennessee Lottery games, profits from Powerball tickets sold in Tennessee remain in the state and go to education programs. Most immediately, the Lottery is charged with raising at least $88 million by July 1 in order to fund scholarships for an estimated 65,000 students expected to attend Tennessee colleges and universities next fall.

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twisted's avatar - underground
New Jersey
United States
Member #2376
September 25, 2003
582 Posts
Posted: April 7, 2004, 4:01 am - IP Logged

WOW.  Thats quick.  Do we know how many retailers are going to be selling Powerball tickets during the first PB drawing with Tennessee?  Hopefully Tennessee gives a boost to Powerball rollover amounts.

    2theQ's avatar - voodoo
    United States
    Member #3905
    March 1, 2004
    43 Posts
    Posted: April 7, 2004, 12:55 pm - IP Logged

    All I have to say is "you can count me in".Fine if the Lottery don't caome to Mississippi I wil go tooo the Lottery....~~~2theQ~~~

      Wet Dog's avatar - wallace
      The Bible Belt
      United States
      Member #3803
      February 22, 2004
      26 Posts
      Posted: April 7, 2004, 8:05 pm - IP Logged

      Same here. I dont think Alabama will ever do the lottery thing. And education is really suffering in this state. It use to be said, thank God for Mississippi. Otherwise Alabama would be dead last in education. Well I think we've reached that milestone. But that's okay. Hey ! I'd rather spend my liesure income in Alabama. But I have no problem driving 15 minutes to the state line, in order to help Tennessians obtain a college education.