Lottery Passes 2 Billion Mark

The Tennessee lottery has surpassed $2 billion in funds raised to support education-related programs in the state.

Lottery officials made the announcement Thursday, saying more than 100,000 students have received awards to higher education institutions in the state this year.

A billboard campaign will begin soon to mark the achievement.

The state lottery began selling tickets in 2004 after voters approved the sales in a referendum.