TN lottery sets weekly sales record: $42M

News release from Tennessee Education Lottery Corp.
NASHVILLE – Driven by strong demand for an array of creative instant games and a Powerball jackpot that reached more than $564 million, sales for the week ending February 15, 2015, set a new Tennessee Lottery record. Gross sales of $42,697,488 for the week shattered the previous mark of $41,000,831 for the week ending March 31, 2012.

“Our diverse selection of instant-ticket games is meeting with great success in the marketplace,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. “And when combined with the interest generated by a big Powerball jackpot, the recipe for a record week is complete. Best of all, this means more funds for the education programs supported by the Lottery.”

Also contributing to the record week was a strong showing by the drawing-style game, Cash 4, which saw its second best week ever and has increased by 6.2% since this time last year.

About the Tennessee Education Lottery
The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation has generated more than $3.2 billion for education in Tennessee. Net proceeds from sales fund specific education programs, including college scholarships, after-school programs and the new Tennessee Promise initiative.

More than 900,000 scholarships and grants have been awarded since the Lottery began selling tickets on Jan. 20, 2004. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won over $7.9 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned over $822 million in retailer commissions.