published Friday, August 24th, 2012

Retired Chattanooga teacher wins $250,000 prize

A retired teacher from Chattanooga won $250,000 from the Tennessee Education Lottery this week.

Sarah Parks entered her nonwinning instant ticket into the lottery's "Play it Again" program, and her ticket was drawn for a quarter-million dollar prize.

She was one of eight winners this week, who together won more than $1.3 million.

One winner, Tipton County resident Sandra Mead, won $50,000 for the second time — she also won $50,000 from the lottery in 2009.

The Tennessee Education Lottery funds education programs — like college scholarships and after-school programs — with the revenue from lottery ticket sales.

Since 2004, the lottery raised more than $2.4 billion for such education programs.

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