Tennessee Lottery Logs Highest Single-Day Sales Since Opening Day In 2004

Posted on April 12, 2021 - Last Updated on June 18, 2021

The Tennessee Lottery made history on Tuesday, April 6. Instant game sales reached over $10.1 million, the highest single-day record since opening day in 2004.

Increased sales can be attributed to new scratch-off games and an influx of winners state-wide.

Lottery debuts new instant win games on Tennessee Tuesday

The lottery has been operational in Tennessee since Jan. 20, 2004. On that debut day, instant game sales totaled over $10.8 million, which still remains the top-grossing day in the lottery’s history.

The new $10.1 million sales record coincided with Tennessee Tuesday, a campaign introduced by the Tennessee Education Lottery (TEL), where it releases a handful of new scratch-off games each month.

TEL CEO Rebecca Hargrove explained the organization’s ongoing efforts, saying:

“Our mission at the Tennessee Education Lottery is to raise money for education in Tennessee, and to do that we are always looking for new ways to make it exciting for our players. We introduce new games on the first Tuesday of every month, calling it ‘Tennessee Tuesday,’ and this selection of games seems particularly popular.”

New lottery games for the month of April include:

  • Wild Numbers
  • Booming Bucks
  • Electric Ca$h
  • Triple Red 777’s
  • $3,000 In A Flash

Employees of the Pilot Convenience Store on Asheville Hwy in Knoxville say they’ve seen a steady increase in sales since releasing these new varieties. Triple Red 777’s and $3,000 In A Flash are two of the most popular new scratch-offs at this particular store.

Triple Red 777’s have some of the highest odds of the new instant win games, with a 1 in 2.91 chance of winning. Available prizes range in value from $10 to $500,000. Players can win up to 20 times on this $10 ticket, which includes opportunities to win double or triple the prize amount.

$3,000 In A Flash also offers 1 in 2.91 odds. The cost of each ticket is $30, with a top prize of $3,000. When a player matches a number on their card to any of the winning numbers, they win the corresponding prize. Players can win up to 30 times on a single ticket.

Tennessee Lottery on trajectory to set new revenue records in 2021

Tennessee’s ever-changing scratch-off options provide players with new and exciting ways to win. Additionally, they help boost overall funding for state-wide education initiatives, which is the lottery’s primary beneficiary.

During its 17-year history, the TEL has raised over $5.7 billion for 16 different student programs.

In the 2020 fiscal year, the lottery generated its highest-ever revenue total of $1.84 billion, amounting to over $438 million for Tennessee education.

This year, numbers are looking even more promising.

The lottery has already accumulated over $231 million in education funding within the first two quarters of the 2021 fiscal year. If sales continue on this current trajectory, the TEL will likely make history again.

Third quarter results are expected to be released later in April.

Lotto sales records and winners keep climbing

A number of Volunteer State residents have already won millions this year through scratch-offs and drawing-style games.

Last month, five tickets worth at least $1 million had already been sold by March 18.

As a result, the state is experiencing an influx of ticket purchases from eager players hoping to win big. During te week of April 10, the Lottery logged a new record, accumulating more than $47 million in sales during a single seven-day period.

This recent influx of wins and new scratch-off games to play have added to the excitement.

There have never been more options than now for playing the Tennessee Lottery.

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As a college athlete, Alec Cunningham played Division II golf at Tusculum University. She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Professional Writing. She then returned to her love of written word in 2000 after working in the music industry as a concert promoter, tour manager and artist developer. As a journalist, she's covered a variety of topics and currently specializes in Tennessee online sports betting and Virginia casino news. She served as a panelist at this year's All American Sports Betting Summit, discussing the ever-evolving role of women in the gambling industry.

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