A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

KY Lottery sales began 29 years ago; anniversary on the heels of near record-breaking sales in March

Twenty-nine years ago, lottery tickets first went on sale in Kentucky. Nearly three decades later, the Kentucky Lottery Corporation (KLC) announced today the second-highest sales month in the history of the corporation. Fueled by two large jackpots in Mega Millions and Powerball – in addition to near historic Scratch-off ticket sales – Kentucky Lottery sales for March 2018 were $104.1 million....

Kentucky lottery sales continue to surpass last year’s records; FY18 sales total $670.9 million

Year-to-date Kentucky Lottery sales continue to surpass last year’s record-breaking level. It was announced in at the meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s board of directors.   Vice President and Corporate Controller Maggie Garrison reported FY18 year-to-date sales (July 2017 through February 2018) were $670.9 million. That’s $31.3 (4.9%) more than the record-setting level achieved...

Kentucky Lottery marks halfway point of fiscal year with six percent increase in overall sales

The Kentucky Lottery board of directors last week announced sales for the first half of the fiscal year are 6% ahead of where they were at the same period last year. Vice President and Corporate Controller Maggie Garrison reported strong increases in scratch-off tickets and Keno sales helped lead the gains. Scratch-off ticket sales for July through December were $294.8 million, a $10.3 million (3.6%)...

You still have time to ring in the New Year as a Powerball or Mega Millions winner

Below is information on the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots — in case you want to buy a ticket before the end of the year. 

Powerball: There are two Powerball drawings left in 2017 so there’s still time to ring in the New Year with a winner!  • The Powerball jackpot for tonight’s drawing is an estimated $337 million!  The cash option is an estimated $210.4 million. • This...

Falmouth’s Eric Garrison wins $50k lottery prize with same numbers his wife Linda used to win $2.6m in 1999

Staff report Eric Garrison of Falmouth matched four of the first five numbers of the Powerball jackpot’s November 1 drawing to win $50,000, the game’s third prize.  But the numbers he used were not new to the Kentucky Lottery. They were the same numbers that earned his wife, Linda, a $2.6 million Lotto Kentucky jackpot in 1999. No one had the ticket for the estimated $52 million Powerball...

Kentucky Lottery posts highest first quarter receipts in history led by strong scratch off, Powerball sales

The first quarter fiscal year 2018 Kentucky Lottery sales were the highest for this period in history, led by strong Powerball and scratch-off ticket sales.   Total sales for the first quarter of FY18 (July-September) were $255.9 million. This is an 8.5% or $20.1 million increase from the same period in FY17. The largest percentage increase, 31.6%, came from Powerball sales. The $25.8 million in Powerball...

Second largest lottery jackpot in North America — $700 million — up for grabs in Wednesday’s drawing

The current Powerball jackpot currently stands at an estimated $700 million, the second largest jackpot in Powerball history and the second largest among lottery jackpots in North America. The cash option for the Powerball jackpot is $443.3 million, Kentucky Lottery officials said. Players pick five White Balls and one Red Powerball when filling out a play slip or they can choose the Quick Pick...

Saturday’s bigger-than-ever POWERBALL jackpot estimated at $535 million. What to do with that?

Saturday’s enormous POWERBALL jackpot is an estimated $535 million.  The cash option for the estimated $535 million POWERBALL jackpot is an estimated $340.1 million.  The estimated jackpot is above $500 million for the first time since the jackpot run that produced the world record jackpot of $1.586 billion in January 2016.  The estimated $510 million jackpot is the 5th largest jackpot in Powerball...

Powerball jackpot up to estimated $403 million, 10th largest in history; drawing is Wednesday

Tonight’s POWERBALL jackpot is up to an estimated $403 million.  The cash option for the estimated $403 million POWERBALL jackpot is $243.9 million.  This is the 10th largest jackpot in Powerball history.    Players pick five White Balls and one Red Powerball when filling out a play slip or they can choose the Quick Pick option where the computer chooses their numbers.  There are nine ways...

Campbellsville teenager Tanya Herrera matches five numbers to claim $1 million Powerball pay-out

A Campbellsville woman has claimed a $1 million prize from Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing. Tanya Herrera, 18, won by matching the five white ball winning numbers on her ticket but not the Powerball. The computer-generated quick pick ticket chose 22 as her Powerball number, but 10 is what was drawn for the $206 million jackpot drawing. Herrera says she’ll use some of her winnings towards college...

Kentucky Lottery announces record $997.3 million in sales; to seek search firm for new president

The Kentucky Lottery announced today in a board of directors meeting that sales for Fiscal Year 2016 were a record $997.3 million. This breaks the old sales record established in FY15 of $899.1 million by $98.2 million (10.9%). FY16 ended on June 30.   Those sales led to record-breaking profits for the Commonwealth. A total of $253 million was earned for the state, breaking last year’s record of...

Eleven coworkers from Paducah’s McNabb Head Start Program share $1 million lottery ticket

The second of three $1 million Powerball tickets from Wednesday night’s historic drawing has been claimed. The ticket was brought to lottery headquarters late Thursday by representatives of a group of 11 coworkers from Paducah Public Schools. They work for the McNabb Head Start Program and call themselves the “Tiny Tornadoes.” Staff members, who had not played together prior to...

Big Powerball prize won — only one identified so far in California; three in Kentucky hold $1m tickets

Three Kentucky Lottery players matched all five white ball winning numbers but NOT the Powerball Wednesday to win the game’s second prize of $1 million. There are also five winners of the game’s $50,000 prize in the Commonwealth. The winning numbers are 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 with Powerball of 10. Here are the cities where $1 million Powerball tickets were sold for yesterday’s drawing (the...

You’ll be richer than Kiribati (and several other countries) if you win Wednesday’s Powerball

After thinking about how many Super Bowls you could go to, how many hot tubs you could buy, how many cruises you could sail on, etc., trying to find context for a $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot is tough. The Huffington Post did a great story on what you could buy for $1.5 billion (1.5 billion soft serve ice creams cones from the McDonald’s dollar menu) and a lot more foolishness that you can...

No Powerball jackpot winner Saturday, Wednesday’s prize now an estimated $1.3 BILLION — and growing

No winners Saturday — but the Powerball pot is growing in mega-proportions. Saturday’s $900 million set a record and another one is in the works for this week’s drawing. In the final hours working up to the drawing Saturday, Lottery offices said sales endorsed every hour nearing the deadline — setting another record of 85 sales per second. The jackpot rolled over to a world...

Powerball jackpot moves to largest lottery prize ever for Saturday drawing; no winner Wednesday

The mega POWERBALL jackpot just got bigger — an estimated $675 million for Saturday, the largest lottery prize in history, as there was no winner in Wednesday’s drawing. If you had won the $450 million POWERBALL jackpot, you could have used it to help get in shape this New Year! You could have purchased: * 112,500 treadmills to get yourself ready for the spring marathon; * 225,000 portable...

Lottery scratch-off ticket sales continue to surge, while Mega Millions, Powerball still suffering

“The story we’ve shared with you over the past year continues to hold true,” said the Kentucky Lottery’s Vice President of Finance Rick Kelley in a recemt meeting of the organization’s board of directors. “Our scratch-off product continues to post impressive gains. Mega Millions and Powerball – two of our most profitable products – continue to suffer due to the lack of sustained jackpot...

Kentucky joins new multistate Monopoly lottery game with national television series

Kentucky has joined 23 lotteries across the country today in offering a new draw game – the Monopoly Millionaires’ Club. The game is designed to spread the wealth among players by offering multiple $1 million dollar prizes in conjunction with a top prize capped at $25 million.   The Monopoly Millionaires’ Club game offers three different ways to win. Players can:   – ...

No one hit the Powerball jackpot Saturday, but a $1 million ticket was sold in Lexington

While the estimated $70 million Powerball jackpot wasn’t hit Saturday night, Kentucky did have a $1,000,000 winner sold in Lexington.   ADVERTISEMENT

Lottery breaks sales, dividends records,
but proceeds to state less than budgeted

Another fiscal year, another broken sales record for the Kentucky Lottery.   Lottery officials told the board of directors that sales for Fiscal Year 2014 were $858.9 million (including $15.6 million in free tickets), breaking the old sales record established in FY13 of $846.6 million.   Those sales also led to record-breaking profits returned to the state, according to a Kentucky Lottery...