published Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Hixson woman wins $2 million in lottery


by Adam Crisp
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    Frances Sharpe, second from right, claims her $2 million prize at the Tennessee Lottery headquarters in Nasvhille with Rebecca Hargrove, lottery CEO, and her sons, David and Danny.

A Hixson woman did a triple-take upon scratching off a winning $2 million instant lottery game this week.

Frances Sharp, 69, claimed her winnings Tuesday at Tennessee Lottery headquarters in Nashville, according to spokeswoman Kym Gerlock.

This was the first top-prize winner for the “$2 Million Bonanza,” a high-winnings scratch-off ticket game recently unveiled by the lottery.

“At first I thought I had won $2,000, then I thought it was $200,000,” said Sharp.

She purchased her ticket at a Hixson gas station.

Her big winnings fall at the end of a record-breaking February for the Tennessee Lottery, which sold more than $112 million in tickets. Lottery officials say the spike in sales is due in large part to the game Sharp won this week as well as other new high-winning games.

“These games are great additions to our lineup of other popular games including Tennessee Cash, which has a record jackpot of $1.07 million for Wednesday night,” said Lottery CEO Rebecca Hargrove.

The lottery announced the earnings figures Tuesday, just a few hours after Sharp claimed her big prize. The February sales figures beat the previous record, $110 million, set in March 2010.

As of Monday, “$2 Million Bonanza” players had won more than $11.8 million in prizes, while “Lady Jumbo Bucks” players had won more than $7.3 million.

about Adam Crisp...

Adam Crisp covers education issues for the Times Free Press. He joined the paper's staff in 2007 and initially covered crime, public safety, courts and general assignment topics. Prior to Chattanooga, Crisp was a crime reporter at the Savannah Morning News and has been a reporter and editor at community newspapers in southeast Georgia. In college, he led his student paper to a first-place general excellence award from the Georgia College Press Association. He earned ...

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