Second-chance lotto win could mean trip home for Katrina survivor

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Katrina survivor Tammy Gillespie of Murfreesboro cried tears of joy Tuesday evening after learning she won $20,000 by entering a Tennessee Lottery second-chance drawing.

“You’re serious? You have no idea what this means!” Ms. Gillespie, 38, told Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Lottery, during the surprise phone call Ms. Hargrove made to share the good news. “We’re Katrina survivors and we’re trying to go back home. I just can’t even believe this is happening to me …Tennessee has been so good to us!”

Ms. Gillespie, who is married and has three children, was just one of 18 winners who won a share of more than $679,000 in cash by entering non-winning instant tickets into “Play it Again!”, one of the Lottery’s second-chance drawing programs.

(Information Submitted by The Tennessee Lottery.)

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