Four million-winning lottery tickets sold in Tenn.

Associated Press • May 15, 2007 at 12:09 PM

NASHVILLE - Winning million-dollar Tennessee Lottery tickets were sold in Manchester, Nashville, Knoxville and Old Hickory.

The winning tickets were announced Monday evening in the lottery's first-ever Million $ Madness drawing.

Heavy traffic on the lottery's Web site made it hard for players to check on their tickets for at least two hours after the numbers were drawn.

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 known until they come forward with the correct tickets.

The state sold 800,000 tickets for the Million $ Madness drawing.

The game meant an estimated $3.2 million in proceeds for education in the state.

Lottery officials cut off ticket sales at 800,000, the prearranged cap, at 10:32 p.m. EDT Sunday. Tickets cost $10 apiece.

With 800,000 tickets sold, ticket holders had a 1 in 200,000 chance to win $1 million.

Previously, the lottery has had 12 winners of $1 million or more in instant tickets or Powerball. The most ever won in the Tennessee game was a $25.5 million Powerball jackpot in March 2005 by Bobbi Hubbard of South Pittsburg. Hubbard, an auto parts store owner, divided the winnings among family members. Tickets for Million $ Madness went on sale in January. Winners have 180 days to claim their prizes. The Tennessee Lottery began selling tickets in January 2004. Since then, sales have raised $842.6 million for education programs, including college scholarships and pre-kindergarten and after-school programs. Tickets are sold at 5,000 retailers across the state. In 3½ years, ticket sales have grossed more than $3 billion with over $1.7 billion in prizes awarded. (AP) On the Net: Tennessee Lottery: http://www.tnlottery.com AP-CS-05-14-07 2155EDT

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