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Kentucky Lottery sales set record in Fiscal Year 2019; total sales of $1.1 billion an 8.4 percent increase

During last week’s meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s Board of Directors, the group learned the results of Fiscal Year 2019 sales. These included: •Total sales of $1,129,655,000, which is $87.1 million more (8.4 percent higher) than the previous record set in FY18. •Transfers totaled $272.7M, of which $263.9M went to the General Fund to pay for college scholarships, grants and education...

Kentucky Lottery sales grow as fiscal year ends, total $1B Y-T-D, up 8 percent over previous year

At Friday’s meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s board of directors, it was announced that sales continue to perform ahead of expectations in the final weeks of Fiscal Year 2019. Year-to-date sales through the end of May 2019 were $1.035 Billion, which is 8.1 percent ($77.7 million) ahead of the previous FY and 1.4 percent ($13.9 million) ahead of budget. This is the earliest point in...

Former UK basketball star Derek Anderson among six to be inducted into Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame

Six individuals who have made outstanding contributions to sports – dating back nearly a century through recent times – have been selected as the 2019 class of the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame fueled by the Kentucky Lottery. Comprising the 42nd KSHOF class are: Derek Anderson, a member of a University of Kentucky basketball national championship, 11-year NBA veteran and NBA champion; Deion Branch,...

Kentucky Lottery hits highest sales month in history in March, breaking record at $116.1 million

In March 2019, the Kentucky Lottery posted its highest sales month in history – and broke another record that had stood for nearly three decades. March sales were $116.1 million. This beat the previous record of $115.5 million, set in October 2018 during a Mega Millions run that for the first time in the game’s history saw a jackpot in excess of $1 billion. Leading the way for this massive month...

Big Lottery jackpot tonight — three-quarters of a billion dollars up for grabs in Powerball drawing

Kentucky Lottery Don’t forget about tonight’s enormous POWERBALL® jackpot. POWERBALL stands at an estimated $750 million. The cash option for the estimated $750 million POWERBALL jackpot is $465.5 million.   This is the 3rd largest jackpot in Powerball history and the 4th largest among lottery jackpots in North America.     Players pick five White Balls and one Red Powerball when filling...

Kentucky Lottery announces both sales and net income are up from last year’s records

In Friday’s meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s board of directors, it was announced that both sales and net income were up from the record-setting levels of the previous fiscal year.   Vice President and Corporate Controller Maggie Garrison reported total sales through February were $722 million. This is $51.1 million (7.6%) more than the last fiscal year and $22.2 million (3.2%) ahead...

Kentucky Lottery introduces Kentucky Quick Bucks, its first new nightly draw game in seven years

The Kentucky Lottery has launched the first new in-state nightly draw game in seven years. Kentucky’s Quick Bucks is now available at all Kentucky Lottery retailers. The $1 game, available only in Kentucky, will be part of the Lottery’s nightly draw offerings taking place at 11 p.m. Eastern time every night. The draw show can be watched on the Lottery’s website at kylottery.com. Much like the...

Kentucky Lottery has highest sales ever for the first half of its fiscal year — $36.5 million more

Kentucky Lottery sales have closed the first half of the fiscal year higher than any other period in the organization’s history. July-December sales for the lottery came in at $544.2 million. That’s a full $36.5 million (7.2%) more than the same period last year, which was the previous record-holder for the six month sales period. Net income, in turn, grew at an even higher percentage. This was...

Kentucky Lottery reports strong sales — earning $117.7 million so far this year; funds scholarships

Kentucky Lottery’s board reports strong year-to-date sales through the end of November. Vice President and Corporate Controller Maggie Garrison reported total sales were $447.5 million, which is $31.7 million ahead of the prior year (7.6%) and $20.5 million (4.8%) ahead of budget. “The performance of Mega Millions during the over $1.5 billion run back in October is the main factor in this increase,...

Kentucky Lottery has most successful sales month in its history; means $34.4m net income in the month

The near-world record Mega Millions jackpot run – in tandem with a Powerball jackpot run that rose to more than $680 million – led to the most successful sales month in the nearly 30-year history of the Kentucky Lottery. Overall sales for the month were $115.5 million, which is $33.2 million (or 40.3%) more than budgeted. This shatters the previous record sales month from January 2016, when a...

One big Mega Millions ticket sold in S. Carolina; $1m ticket sold in Kentucky; $10k winners in Florence

The Mega Millions big jackpot was a single purchase made in South Carolina, but two $10,000 tickets from last night’s lottery drawing were sold in Florence. These tickets matched four of the five white ball winning numbers and the Mega Ball. The two tickets in Florence were sold at: Mt. Zion Sunoco 430 Mt. Zion Road Florence 41042 Brickhouse Pub N Grub 7718 US Highway 42 Florence 41042 One...

KY Lottery warns: As huge jackpots loom, be on the lookout for scammers — and play responsibly

As jackpot drawings for this week teeter near the $1 billion mark – tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot stands at an estimated $654 million and tomorrow’s Powerball jackpot is an estimated $345 million – the Kentucky Lottery has two reminders for players.   IT ONLY TAKES ONE TICKET TO WIN   Players are urged to keep their odds of winning in perspective – the odds of hitting...

Legalizing sports gambling? Legislative panel hears pros and cons, aims to draft legislation

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legalizing sports gambling in Kentucky and who should operate it was the topic of a legislative meeting. 
Brendan Bussman with Global Market Advisors, a sports betting consulting firm, described sports wagering as a high volume, but low margin enterprise, meaning a lot of money is involved but there is little profit. 
A study performed by his firm indicated that while...

Kentucky Lottery sales dip slightly in first quarter; current Powerball and Mega Millions runs closing gap

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Tonight’s BIG MEGA MILLIONS jackpot is an estimated $548 million. There is an extra $1 Megaplier feature for $2 tickets which can be purchased at any of the Kentucky Lottery’s retailers or online at www.kylottery.com) In Thursday’s meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Board of Directors, it was announced that first-quarter sales for FY19 (July 1 thru Sept. 30) dipped...

$1 million Mega Ball ticket sold in Elizabethtown — winning numbers are 27-28-32-41-69 Mega Bll 12

A lucky Kentucky Lottery player who purchased a ticket in Elizabethtown for last night’s Mega Million’s drawing matched all five white ball numbers but not the Mega Ball, winning the game’s second prize of $1 million. The winning numbers from last night’s drawing were: 27 – 28 – 32 – 41 – 69 with a Mega Ball of 12 Security staff from the lottery will execute a series...

Kentucky Lottery initiates another enhancement for Pick 3, Pick 4 draw games — try 1-OFF

Several enhancements are in place for popular Kentucky Lottery draw games. One of these enhancements includes a new feature for the Pick 3 and Pick 4 games which allow players to win prizes if their numbers are one digit higher or lower than the winning numbers drawn.   1-OFF® is a new wager type for Pick 3 and Pick 4. A player can select the 1-OFF® feature at the time of purchase, with wagers starting...

Lawrenceburg woman out for Saturday drive wins $125,000 on Kentucky Lottery instant game

Sharon Bickers and her husband Tommy, of Lawrenceburg, were just out for a joy ride on Saturday when they stopped at Liberty Shell Mart in Liberty. Tommy and Sharon Bickers of Lawrenceburg won $125,000 on a $10 Kentucky Lottery instant game (provided photos). Sharon Bickers decided to purchase a $10 Xtreme Cash Scratch-off ticket.  It’s one of the Kentucky Lottery’s large 8-inch by 8-inch extended...

2018 Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame class includes trainer Bob Baffert, UK football great Sam Ball

Seven individuals who have made outstanding contributions to sports during the past several decades have been selected as the 2018 class of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. A selection committee comprised of 15 sports media from throughout the commonwealth selected this year’s class. All votes were independently tabulated by regional accounting firm Dean Dorton, one of the largest accounting...

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....