Tennessee lottery to offer Mega Millions and Powerball

NASHVILLE, TN (WAFF) - The Tennessee Education Lottery will offer a second mega-jackpot game.

Lottery players can begin playing the Mega Millions game in early 2010 after a unanimous vote Monday by the Tennessee Education Lottery board.

Tennessee already offers the Powerball lottery.

States were prohibited from offering both games until a recent agreement was reached in a joint meeting of all U.S. lottery jurisdictions.

"Bringing Mega Millions into our portfolio of games is a win for both players and education," said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery.

Hargrove went on to say that adding Mega Millions will mean more sales and additional dollars for the education programs the lottery funds.

Mega Millions is currently played in 12 states while Powerball is in 33 states.

The Tennessee Lottery is currently in its fifth year of sales, during which time it has raised more than $1.5 billion for education programs, including college scholarships, pre-kindergarten and after-school programs.

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