A longtime dream became a reality this week for Tia Terrell of Franklin, who won one-million dollars playing the Tennessee Lottery game, “$1,000 Mayhem.” Tia arrived at the Lottery’s Nashville headquarters with her brother and sister, none of whom could contain their excitement—literally dancing, smiling, laughing … and smiling some more.

Since she won over the weekend, Tia kept the ticket hidden until she brought it to the Lottery’s Nashville headquarters on Monday. “I kept moving it around, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t stop thinking about it,” she said. “I’ve always dreamed about this, and now everyone can have hope that it could happen to them, too.”

Tia purchased the lucky ticket at Mark Market Tobacco & Beer in LaVergne. She says she would like to buy a house and pay bills.

This is the 216th winning ticket of $1 million or more sold by the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation since it began on January 20, 2004.

About the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Since January 20, 2004, the Lottery has raised more than $4 billion to fund designated education programs, including after-school programs, college grants and scholarships and the Governor’s Drive to 55 initiatives.

In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $11.5 billion in prizes and Lottery retailers have earned more than $1 billion in retailer commissions.

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