Tennessee Lottery marks 15 years of supporting education

Matthew Lane • Jan 17, 2019 at 9:15 AM

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Lottery is celebrating its 15th anniversary of ticket sales this week, announcing that since 2004 the lottery has raised more than $4.85 billion for education programs throughout the Volunteer State.

In addition to this billion-dollar landmark, the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation also announced that since Jan. 20, 2004, the lottery has awarded 1.3 million scholarships and grants to Tennessee students.

And on a more recent note, the TELC made a record quarterly transfer of nearly $123 million for education, breaking the previous record set in the third quarter of the 2016 fiscal year.

“What an incredible 15 years!” said Rebecca Hargrove, president and CEO of the TELC. “This record transfer to education couldn’t have been possible without the help of so many. From the enthusiasm of our players and hard work of our retailers to guidance from our board of directors and the dedication and talent of our Lottery employees, this success is a true team effort.”

Additional facts about the past 15 years of lottery sales:

— More than $13.2 billion in prizes won by players, with 259 tickets sold worth $1 million or more.

— More than $1.2 billion paid in retailer commissions.

— More than $19.2 billion in gross ticket sales.

Since the first awards were given in the fall of 2004, lottery-funded programs have grown to include not only HOPE Scholarships, Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, but multiple scholarships and grants, after-school initiatives and an energy-efficient schools program as well.

For additional information, visit tnlottery.com. And remember to have fun and play responsibly.

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