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Records fall as sales surge for Tenn. Lottery

NASHVILLE, TN (WAFF) -

Records are falling as sales surge for the Tennessee Lottery.

Sales for the week that ended February 12th posted a gross total of more than $37 million, which shattered the old record set more than eight years ago when lottery operations launched in Tennessee.

Lottery officials say a redesigned Powerball game with a record jackpot and a new instant win game drew lots of lottery players looking to strike it rich during the second week of February.

"What an incredible week" said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. "We work to add innovative features to our line of games, which keeps the Lottery fun for our players and benefits our mission of assisting students and their families."

The Tennessee Lottery also reported a record-breaking $1.19 billion in total sales in 2011, which was a 4.2 percent increase over the previous year.

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