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Tennessee State Lotteries Laws

Created byВ FindLaw’s team of legal writers and editors | Last updated June 20, 2016

We’ve all had that dream of buying one little ticket that could win us millions of dollars, paying our bills and putting us on the road to an early retirement. It’s so simple right? We throw down a couple bucks for the chance at millions without even thinking of where our couple bucks go. So what are the state regulations allocating the lottery revenue, making sure the games are fair, and guaranteeing payouts? This is a brief summary of lottery laws in Tennessee.

Lotteries Laws

Each state has its own lottery laws dictating how the games will be played and regulated. Lottery laws can determine where, how, and to whom tickets can be sold, the time limits for claiming prizes, as well as how revenues will be distributed. Many states will allocate the majority of their lottery profits to either education programs or the state’s general fund, where it is then earmarked for specific projects.

Lotteries Laws in Tennessee

Until 2003, the Tennessee Constitution outlawed a state lottery. The Constitution was amended to allow for a lottery implemented by the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation with all net proceeds from the lottery allocated to state K-12 educational projects and early learning programs. The Tennessee lottery offers interstate games like Powerball and Mega Millions, as well as state-specific games Cash 3, Cash 4, and Tennessee Cash. While some states earmark lottery income to a general fund, the majority of Tennessee’s lottery revenue goes to fund scholarships and grants for Tennessee students attending state public and private schools.

Amended Art. XI, В§5 Tennessee Constitution

Distribution of Lottery Revenue

Financial assistance to citizens of this state to enable such citizens to attend post-secondary educational institutions located within this state.

Additional Purpose of Lottery

(1) Capital outlay projects for K-12 educational facilities; and

(2) Early learning programs and after school programs.

Lottery Prize Subject to Garnishment

Time Limit to Claim Prize/Disposition

90 days from announced end of game

Prohibited Related Activities

Games of chance associated with casinos, including, but not limited to, slot machines, roulette wheels, and the like.

Related Resources for State Lotteries Laws:

Trying to interpret the laws surrounding state lotteries and where all the money goes can be particularly challenging. For more information and resources on this topic, you can visit FindLaw’s Gaming Law section. You can also contact a Tennessee gaming law attorney if you would like legal assistance regarding a state lottery matter.

Chart providing details of Tennessee State Lotteries Laws

Tennessee lottery rules

Pick one Set of 6 Numbers (Quick Pick may be used –see below)

  • 5 numbers from the upper area
  • 1 number from the lower area

The winning Number will be Drawn on the Days and Times shown for each game, above.

A “play” is one set of 6 numbers for one draw.

Always fill out a Playslip for a Set of Numbers. Play up to 5 Sets of Numbers per Playslip by
Picking one Set of Numbers in each Box, A thru E. Mistakes may be Voided (see VOID below).

2. Play Numbers for Multi-Draws

You may Play your Set/Sets of Numbers for up to 12 consecutive Draws for Tennessee Cash or
up to 10 consecutive draws for other games (Includes the next Draw). Be sure to mark MULTIDRAW if you want more than one Draw.

3. Quick Pick (QP)

You may choose to have the computer randomly Pick any Set of Numbers by marking ‘QP’ in either the upper and/or the lower areas of the box for that Set of Numbers. If you do not choose QP you must enter your own Numbers in that Box.

4. Multiplier

Costs $1 extra per Play (A Play is one Set of 6 numbers). By choosing the MULTIPLIER option, non-jackpot winners will be paid a multiple of the regular prize amount as described below. See Prize Chart. To select this option, check the appropriate MULTIPLIER area for any of the game:

Power Ball Multiplier (Power Play):

A Power Play number of either 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 will be randomly selected for each draw. The 10 multiplier may only be selected when the advertised annuity jackpot is $150 million or less. When a ticket with Power Play wins a non-jackpot prize, the regular prize amount will be multiplied by the Power Play number drawn. See Prize Chart for exceptions.


It is not a good idea to try to correct a mistake made on a Playslip. The better option is to mark Void in that section. All other Play Areas of the Playslip are still acceptable to Play and only the Area marked Void will not be played by the terminal.

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