An Introduction to the Tennessee Lottery

With nearly 6 and a half million residents looking to get lucky, the Tennessee lottery results are one of the most anticipated events each week in this happy go lucky State. A relative latecomer to games like Mega Millions and Powerball, Tennessee only passed the legislation to run a lottery after 2000, and the first game wasn’t actually played until January 2004.


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Despite that, Tennessee residents have taken to the lottery with great enthusiasm and ticket sales have gone over $12 billion in the last ten years, raising some $3 billion for educational causes. Not only has it raised a great deal of money, those Tennessee lottery numbers have seen nearly $8 billion in prize money dished out since the start, that’s over $2 million a day.

Whilst many people have had substantial wins over the last decade, the two biggest jackpots remain the $259 million won on the Tennessee Powerball back in June 2014 and the $61 million that was snatched up on the Tennessee Mega Millions lottery just a few months before.

It’s not just the players and the State that benefit from those lottery numbers – there are around 5,000 registered retailers who between them have earned nearly $800 million in commissions since inception.

Tennessee Lottery Games

From big money draws to instant scratch cards, there are plenty of chances to win with the wide variety of games to keep your average Tennessean happy. Winning a life changing chunk of money might largely be in the lap of the gods, but that doesn’t stop players running to convenience stores and other outlets throughout the State to buy their Tennessee Powerball or Mega Millions lottery ticket for the weekly draws that take place.

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Tennessee Mega Millions Lottery

It’s one of the biggest games in the United States, and you can win multi-millions if you hit the jackpot at just the right time. The Mega Millions lottery starts off at an amazing $15 million and increases every time the jackpot isn’t won.

That means the amount you’re able to win if you have the right Tennessee lottery numbers can reach the hundreds of millions in no time. In fact, the largest ever Mega Millions jackpot was not too long ago in 2012 when over $600 million was finally claimed.  

The game is easy to play, all you have to do is choose 5 numbers between 1 and 75 and then a Mega Ball number between 1 and 15. Each line costs you just $1 and you can pick your own numbers or opt for the Quick Pick option where the lottery computer chooses for you. Match all six numbers and you have a share of that week’s jackpot – if you’re the only one with the right numbers, you take home the whole stash.

The odds of winning the Tennessee Mega Millions lottery jackpot, however, is in the region of 258 million to 1 and draws are made twice a week on Tuesday and Friday at 10pm Central Time.

Tennessee Powerball

The other big money game is the Tennessee Powerball, popular throughout the State again because of its large prizes. The jackpot starts at $40 million and, as with Mega Millions, increases every time there is no outright winner with all six numbers. The biggest prize so far in the whole of the United States has been just over $550 million back in 2013 and the largest ever in Tennessee history was nearly $260 million in 2014.

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The Tennessee Powerball costs $2 to play and you choose five numbers between 1 and 59 and then an extra Powerball number between 1 and 35. Players of the Tennessee Powerball often go for the Quick Pick option where the computer chooses the numbers randomly; others use favourite numbers like birth dates and special occasions.

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot run to 175 million to one but the overall odds of winning something is just 1 in 32. The draws for the lottery take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 10pm Central Time.

For the large amounts of money involved, if you win the jackpot in either the Powerball or the Tennessee Mega Millions lottery, you can opt to take a lump sum, which is less than the advertised amount, or an annuity over 29 years where you get the full value but in instalments. Either way, your winnings are liable to Tennessee lottery tax as in any other State of the US.


Tennessee Monopoly Millionaires Club

One of the most popular lottery games in Tennessee, Monopoly Millionaires Club gives you the chance to win up to $25 million. Each play slip allows you to complete 4 games with a cost of $5 per play and the draws are held on Fridays at 10:15 Central Time. You choose 5 numbers between 1 and 52 and the computer automatically picks a property number between 1 and 28.

Match all six numbers and you win a share of the jackpot for that week. The odds of winning on the Tennessee Monopoly Millionaires Club are about 1 in 72 million but the overall odds of winning some sort of prize and getting your money back are just 1 in 10.  

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Tennessee Cash 4

Another popular lottery game is the Tennessee Cash 4 where there are three draws a day in the morning, midday and evening. The game costs between 50 cents and $1 to play and you can win anything up to $5,000 if you have the right numbers. How much you win depends not only on having the right numbers but in the right order of drawing. Your play slip allows you to select one to five four digit numbers or you can let the computer do it for you with a Quick Pick.

The odds of winning the $5,000 top prize are 1 in 10,000 with one combo which can then reduce to 441 to 1 with a range of different combinations.


Tennessee Lotto

You can win a minimum jackpot of $1 million with the Tennessee Hot Lotto Sizzler that costs just $1 to play. You choose 5 numbers between 1 and 47 and a single Hot Ball number between 1 and 19 and the odds of winning the jackpot are one in 29 million. Draws for the Tennessee Lotto take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10pm Central Time.

Tennessee Lottery Scratch Cards

You can find those winning Tennessee lottery numbers in many retail stores throughout the State with a wide range of instant win scratch cards. These cost between one and five dollars and can offer pay-outs up to $5 million.

Tennessee Lottery Winners

Since Tennessee began shouting out those lottery results in 2004, there have been plenty of residents who have won significant amounts of money. From the Mega Millions and Powerball lottery to the smaller games and scratch cards, the last ten years have seen an amazing $7.7 billion paid out in prizes of one size or another.


The biggest by far to date has been the $259 million Tennessee Powerball jackpot that was won back in June 2014. Roy Cockrum, a 59 year old Knoxville resident, opted for the lump sum and walked off with 115 million after taxes had been removed.

Roy initially thought he had won just $500 before he looked at his ticket a little more closely, realising he’d netted one of the biggest Powerball jackpots in history. Like many big winners, Roy made sure he took sound financial advice before he actually stepped forward to claim that eye watering prize.

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The second largest windfall went to a Tennessee Mega Millions lottery winner just a few months earlier in January of 2014. Bettina Still and her son from Nashville netted a creditable $61 million for the ticket they bought at the local Belleville Shell.

The retailer also scooped a $25,000 bonus for selling the winning numbers and the Stills are the only winners of the jackpot for the Mega Millions so far in the whole State of Tennessee.

It’s not just the big winners that get a life changing amount of money when they play any of the lottery games offered in Tennessee. Larry Sharpe Jr recently took home a not too shabby $320,000 when he bought a Cash ticket at True Discount in Ardmore. Back in 2005, one of the first Tennessee Powerball wins came when a couple of friends shared a million dollar pay day after they selected five of the right numbers. Two more friends from Dyersburg split 2.2 million dollars on their Hot Lotto numbers in 2013.

There’s no doubt that scratch cards can also get you an instant win if you get the right Tennessee lottery numbers. Glenda Oseguera collected an impressive $150,000 when she visited the Oasis Market in Antioch and played Giant Jumbo Bucks on a whim.

William Heidel was off to his BMW dealership when he netted $250,000 playing Blackjack in Crossville. The same amount was won by Marlee Foley in Johnson City when she played instant game Winner Take All. And couple Lemuel Bucks and his wife became the 138th winners of the million dollar prize on Millionaire Jumbo Bucks not too long ago.

There’s no doubt that plenty of Tennessee residents are in it to win it and cashing in on those lottery numbers.

Tennessee Lottery Tax

Like all lottery games across the country, you will need to pay Tennessee lottery tax if you win. And if you win big that can be a sizeable chunk of money. That’s why the advice for anyone who wins something like the Mega Millions lottery jackpot is that they should get some sound financial advice.

Mind you, if you’re netting multi-millions you probably aren’t going to notice several millions going out in State and federal taxes.

Tennessee Lottery History

Tennessee was a latecomer to the world of lotteries. It wasn’t until 2001 that State legislation allowed residents to vote on whether they wanted a lottery or not. And it wasn’t until 2004 that the first game came on sale.

That first day, $10.8 million worth of lottery tickets were sold, perhaps suggesting that the games in Tennessee were going to be a big success. By March of that year, a new game, Cash 3, had been added and in June the first million dollar winner was handed his check.

From the start, those Tennessee lottery numbers have been used to provide vital money for educational initiatives in the State. One of the first of these was the Summer Internship Program that provided professional business experience for students at historical black colleges and universities.

By July of 2004, just six months after the start of the lottery, $123 million had been raised for educational causes across Tennessee.

After joining the Powerball lottery, Tennessee didn’t have to wait long for its first jackpot winner. Bobbi Hubbard took home the $25 million prize when she chose the right lottery numbers for a March 2005 draw, which she generously shared out with the rest of her family.

With its growing success the Tennessee lottery began adding extra games such as Lotto Plus and Play It Again! and in 2010, along with other US states, took on the Mega Millions lottery.

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Since it began just over a decade ago, ticket sales have exceeded the $12 billion mark, raising over $3 billion for educational causes during that time. Retailers who sell lottery tickets get a bonus and commission and have netted just shy of $800 million in ten years, whilst $7.7 billion has been paid out in prizes which works out at $2.3 million a day.

There’s no doubt that introducing the lottery to Tennessee has had many wide ranging and beneficial effects. It’s allowed the State to offer over 800,000 grants and scholarships for Tennessee students as well as helping to build new schools and colleges, stock libraries and safe guard the education of future generations.
Tennessee has also moved with the times and you can now get a lottery app that keeps you up to date with all the latest news.

Whether you want to check your Mega Millions lottery results, the Powerball jackpot or any of the other games, you can download the app onto your smartphone and get those all-important results in an instant whilst you’re on the move.

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