Tenn. lottery players may lose out on scratch-offs

Tenn. lottery players may lose out on scratch-offs


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KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- The thousands of Tennesseans who like to play the odds with scratch-off lottery tickets may not know the chances of winning the grand prize could be zero.

Lance Greene doesn't buy lottery tickets often, but when he does, he buys the scratch-off tickets.

"It's just something to spend your money on when there is a little bit of change coming back," Greene says.

But Greene is surprised to learn that Tennessee still sells scratch-offs, like the Indiana Jones game, even after the top prize has been won by Josh Miller in Chattanooga.

The winners and the prizes still up for grabs are posted online, but Greene doesn't do that much research.

"I look and pick first one that comes to eye. It's an odds game, so it doesn't really matter overall which one you buy," Greene says.

That means you may shell out $5.00 hoping to win the $100,000 top prize in the Indiana Jones game, even though you have zero chance of winning.

But the Tennessee Lottery says for most games, there are second chances. People with non-winning tickets can enter to play again online.

For most tickets, you get a second chance at the top prize.

But for some, such as the Indiana Jones and NASCAR games, the second chance gets you some movie gear or tickets instead.

"It's really not worth it for me to spend money for a chance to win merchandise," Greene says.

He didn't win anything with his scratch-off this time, but says he'll take a chance again.

"There's still a possibility of winning cash even though the big prize has been won," Greene says.

Tennessee is one of several states including Florida, New Jersey and Michigan that keep selling tickets after the top prizes have been won.

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