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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....

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%)...

Sen. Dorsey Ridley announces more than $3.7 million in Ky Lottery proceeds for District 4 higher education

Senator Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, announced this week that higher education in Western Kentucky once again reaped the rewards of the Kentucky Lottery proceeds. During the 2017 fiscal year, there were 2,271 scholarships worth $3,561,533 awarded to students in Senate District 4, which Senator Ridley represents. The 4th District includes Caldwell, Crittenden, Henderson, Livingston, Union and Webster...

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...

Redesigned Mega Millions features increased starting jackpot increase to $40 million, higher ticket price

Starting Saturday, the Mega Millions game is being redesigned to bring more value to players with larger starting jackpots and faster rolls. Part of this redesign is a change in ticket price, moving from $1 to $2. “Among several changes in the game are starting jackpots that will now more than double from $15 million to $40 million,” said Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Tom Delacenserie. “The...

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...

7-13-19-24-30, Lucky Ball 12: Sold in Lexington, this ticket is worth $25k a year for life for lucky winner

A lucky Kentucky Lottery player has won the second prize from last night’s Lucky for Life drawing, capturing $25,000 a year for life!    The winning numbers on the ticket will be: 7 – 13 – 19 – 24 – 30 with a Lucky Ball of 12.   The ticket was sold at Speedway #9651 at 5360 Athens-Boonsboro Rd. in Lexington. The retailer will receive a $5,000 selling bonus. This makes for the second...

$758 million jackpot winner is Mavis Wanczkyk of Chicopee, Mass.; five $50k winners in Kentucky

The Boston Globe has reported that Chicopee resident Mavis Wanczyk was announced as the winner of the $758 million jackpot Thursday. 

Wanczyk told the Globe she worked at Mercy Medical Center for 32 years but is now looking forward to retirement.  

Wanczyk said her reaction to winning was, “You’re joking.” The Kentucky Lottery reports that the following stores sold tickets...

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...

Lewis County man is ‘Lucky For Life;’ claims top lottery prize ticket worth $1,000 a day

David Jordan, 54, of Quincy, is feeling lucky after winning $1,000 a day for life on the Kentucky Lottery’s Lucky For Life game. He matched the first five numbers and the Lucky Ball number to win the game’s top prize. Jordan plays Lucky For Life on a regular basis and often stops at Super Quick #13 in Garrison to buy his tickets. On Thursday, on his way into the store, he noticed a penny sitting...

Happy Fourth: Kentucky Lottery’s latest Mega Millions jackpot drawing worth $158 million

Friday night’s Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $158 million, Kentucky Lottery officials said. The cash option for the estimated $158 million jackpot is $100.5 million. If you won the estimated $158 million Mega Millions jackpot, you can celebrate the nation’s birthday in style. You could purchase: — 1,264 25-foot sports boats to watch the fireworks extravaganza on the 4th of July...

Kentucky Lottery’s Mega Millions drawing worth an estimated $123 million to lucky winner

Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot is worth an estimated $123 million, Kentucky Lottery officials said. The cash option for the estimated $123 million jackpot is $77.7 million. Players pick five white balls and one Mega Ball when filling out a play slip or they can choose the Quick Pick option where the computer chooses their numbers. There are nine ways to win with Mega Millions: Match 5 + Mega...

Kentucky Lottery sales continue to surge; May was third-highest sales month in history

In Friday’s meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s board of directors, it was announced that sales continue to surge in the final weeks of Fiscal Year 2017. May turned out to be the third highest sales month in Kentucky Lottery history, surpassed only by sales from March of this year and January 2016 when the world-record Powerball jackpot was up for grabs. For the month of May, sales were...

Wednesday’s Powerball powerplay jackpot worth an estimated $375 million, Kentucky Lottery says

Wednesday night’s Powerball jackpot is worth an estimated $375 million, according to the Kentucky Lottery. The cash option for the jackpot is an estimated $235.4 million. If you won the estimated $375 million Powerball jackpot, you’d be able to send your recent high school graduate to college in style. You could: — Load 7,500 new Kentucky-produced Ford Expeditions with all the college...