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Gov. Beshear appoints Mary Harville as president and CEO of Kentucky Lottery Corporation

Gov. Andy Beshear has appointed Mary Harville as president and CEO of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation. Harville was confirmed by the lottery’s board of directors at a special meeting Thursday. Mary Harville Since 2004, Harville has served as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for the Lottery. She joined the organization 16 years ago after leaving the Louisville law firm...

First lottery game ever based on horse racing results — Win Place Show — launched statewide

Win Place Show, the first lottery game ever to be based on live horse racing, is now on sale by the Kentucky Lottery. The game revolves around Kentucky’s signature thoroughbred industry, featuring races from across the country. For each drawing, players are randomly assigned three racehorse names and numbers on their ticket for the featured race that day. Results are based on the official results...

Million dollar Powerball ticket from Saturday’s Lottery still unclaimed; sold at Circle K in Nicholasville

The winning $1,000,000 Powerball ticket from Saturday’s Kentucky Lottery drawing was purchased from this retailer: Circle K #3248 100 Bellerive Blvd. Nicholasville, KY  40356   Circle K will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. The ticket holder has not yet presented the ticket to claim the prize.    The Kentucky Lottery advises the winner(s) to sign the back of their tickets...

Looking for Kentucky’s newest millionaire — Lottery’s Powerball for $1 million sold in Nicholasville

A ticket sold in Nicholasville for last night’s Powerball drawing matched all five white ball winning numbers but not the Powerball, winning the game’s second prize of $1 million.   The winning Powerball numbers from Saturday’s drawing are: 2 – 3 – 14 – 40 – 51 with a Powerball of 24. If the ticket holder had also matched the Powerball number of 24, they would have won $158 million.   According...

Kentucky Lottery revenues increase funding for need-based student aid programs by $15 million

A good year for the Kentucky Lottery means that the state’s students will be eligible for $15 million more in need-based college financial aid programs from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Gov. Andy Beshear announced the increase during his July 22 statewide briefing. “Due to higher lottery revenues, need-based student financial aid will receive another $15 million above...

Kentucky Lottery enjoys strong performance in May; total of $132.1 million in sales helps KLC rebound

The Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s board of directors announced strong sales in the month of May have helped get the KLC back on track to meet budgeted sales amounts for the year. According to Interim Chief Operating Officer Maggie Garrison, May sales were $132.1 million, which is $33.7 million or 31.9 percent more than budgeted. “This was led by increases in our Scratch-off ticket sales, which...

Kentucky Lottery to change drawing procedure for three daily games in wake of coronavirus pandemic

The Kentucky Lottery is planning a change to the way drawings are conducted for the daily Pick 3, Pick 4 and CashBall 225 games. Starting Monday, these games will not be drawn using balls and machines. Instead, a dedicated computer system known as a random number generator will randomly generate winning numbers. This will not be a new system to the Kentucky Lottery – winning numbers for the daily...

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...