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Kentucky Lottery Corporation
Address: 1011 WEST MAIN STREET
E-mail Address:
Phone: (502) 560-1500
Fax: (502) 560-1532
Population: 4,314,113
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Lottery Director: Arthur L. "Arch" Gleason, Jr.
Year Lottery Founded: 1989
Sales FY 2002:
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Sales FY 2012:
$638.7 Million
$673.5 Million
$725.2 Million
$707.26 Million
$742.32 Million
$744.2 Million
$778.21 Million
$810.54 Million
$772.50 Million
$772.35 Million
$823.55 Million
Sales Per Capita: $177.19
Number of Employees: 200
Number of Retailers - 2,913
On-line Vendor: Gtech
Commence 2010 initial seven years of the contract. To also provide 600 combined scratch-off and online vending machines
Number of Terminals: 2,775
Secoundary Scratch Off Contract: GTECH Printing Corporation
Instant Ticket Vendor: Sci Games
Contract for Five or Seven years (subject to negotiations), with the option for annual extensions that could increase the term to 15 years
Advertising: Bandy Carroll Hellige
Pulltab Vendor: Sci Games
Number of ITVMs: 950 Interlott
Games Offered: Powerball, Mega Millions, Pick 3, Pick 4, Cash Ball, Win 4 Life, 3 Line Lotto, Drawings.
Beneficiaries: Need-based and merit-based college scholarships, adult and early childhood literacy programs, state's general fund.
Jurisdiction: Kentucky



The first lottery in the United States implemented as a corporation, the Kentucky Lottery Corp. began ticket sales on April 4, 1989, following 60 percent voter approval the previous November. Bucking the trend at the time to launch with one game, Kentucky introduced two scratch tickets on that day, the $1 Beginner’s Luck and the $2 Kentucky Derby Dreamstakes, which was linked to the world famous Kentucky Derby.
More than $5 million in sales were recorded that first day, and firstweek sales totaled $27 million, making the Kentucky Lottery one of the industry’s leaders in terms of first-week sales per capita.
The Lottery’s first draw game was Lotto Kentucky, which began on October 16, 1989. Again officials tried something new – offering one lotto play for $1, three plays for $2 and eight plays for $5. Pick 3 followed in November as the second draw game.
Currently, the Kentucky Lottery offers six draw games: Powerball, Mega Millions, Cash Ball, 5 Card Cash, Pick 3, Pick 4 and Decades of Dollars, the latter a regional game played with Arkansas, Georgia and Virginia. Kentucky began collaborating on regional games with Lotto South in 2001.
The industry’s first extended-play instant game was launched by the Kentucky Lottery in November 1992 with $2 Bingo. The Lottery was also the first to offer an instant ticket featuring Elvis when a $3 game went on sale in 2000. That game was accompanied by the Lottery’s first Internet-based promotion. Kentucky also holds the distinction of launching one of the industry’s first websites dedicated to retailers when it unveiled its new site in 2003.
Originally, the majority of Kentucky Lottery proceeds were sent to the state’s General Fund. One-time transfers to veterans and education were made in the early 1990s on the direction of the legislature. The Kentucky Housing Corporation’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund also received a share of Lottery revenues. Beginning in 1998, some Lottery funds were used for the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) program and the Literacy Development and Early Childhood Reading programs.
As of July 1, 2005, 100 percent of the Lottery’s proceeds began going to college grant, scholarship and literacy programs, including KEES, the College Access Program and the Kentucky Tuition Grants Program. These merit-based and need-based scholarships help keep Kentucky’s best and brightest students in the state for their post-secondary education.


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News 2014
November 24, 2014 Lottery Names Apparent Successful Offeror for I-Lottery Services
November 24, 2014 Lottery Names Apparent Successful Offeror for I-Lottery Services
Sept 29, 2014 Lottery Sales Ahead Of Last Year, Below Budget
August 25, 2014 First-Ever Lottery Commercials about “Where The Money Goes” Now Airing
August 1, 2014 Keno Helps Booth Lottery Figures
August 1, 2014 Lottery Breaks Sales and Dividend Records In FY14
July 11, 2014 Keno Drawing Players Away from Scratch Tickets
July 8, 2014 Kentucky Lottery Keno Game Exceeds Expectations
June 30, 2014 Kentucky Lottery Corporation looks to grow its retail base and optimize sales
May 31, 2014 Lottery Sales Continue to Stay Ahead Of Last Year’s Mark
May 7, 2014 Kentucky Lottery Celebrating 25 Years
April 6, 2014 The Kentucky Lottery Now 25 Years Old
March 25, 2014 Lottery Sales Hold Steady through the Start Of 2014
January 24, 2014 Lottery Proceeds to the Commonwealth On Track

News 2013
November 25, 2013 Major Sales, Prize and Dividends Milestones Reached By Kentucky Lottery
November 3, 2013 KENO HAS LANDED!
October 31, 2013 Kentucky Lottery Ignites Player Excitement with Keno to roll Out on Monday
October 14, 2013 Kentucky Lottery's Two Billion Ways To Make A Difference
September 20, 2013 Kentucky Lottery Sales Stay Steady
August 2, 2013 Lottery, Gaming Industry, Counselors Partner to Provide Information for Problem Gamblers
July 29, 2013 Kentucky Lottery Honours Bouncing Ball Draw with Two Sets of Winning Numbers
July 28, 2013 Lottery Begins Retailer Recruitment for Expansion of Games
July 27, 2013 Lottery Breaks Sales and Dividend Records In Fiscal Year 2013
July 23, 2013 Kentucky Prepares for Keno
July 2, 2013 GTECH Signs Three-Year Contract Extension With The Kentucky Lottery
June 11, 2013 Kentucky on Target To Start Keno By November
March 23, 2013 Kentucky Lottery Board Approves Keno and Internet Lottery Sales
March 21, 2013 Kentucky Lottery Praised for Its Contributions to Education
March 11, 2013 Account Wagering Tax Bill Dies in Senate
February 25, 2013 Lawmakers Will Not Pursue Sales Tax on Lottery
February 22, 2013 Proposal to Implement a Sales Tax on Lottery Tickets
January 25, 2013 Kentucky Lottery Sales Up in 1H, But Fall Shy of Budgeted Estimates

News 2012
December 11, 2012 Kentucky Lawmakers Optimistic Gambling Bill Will Pass
November 8, 2012 Letter From Arthur L. Gleason, Jr., President & CEO of Kentucky Lottery Corp. to US Senator Mitch McConnell re: Draft Reid - Kyl Bill Regulating Interstate iPoker
November 8, 2012 Kentucky Lottery Sales Increase 10.3 Percent
October 26, 2012 High Court Takes Up Charitable Gaming Suit
September 28, 2012 Kentucky Lottery Sales Up in First Months of Fiscal Year
September 4, 2012 Kentucky Lottery Drawings Moving from Broadcast TV to Internet Streaming
August 21, 2012 MDI to Provide Properties Plus® Program for Kentucky Lottery
August 13, 2012 Kentucky and Louisiana Lotteries Select Smartplay’s Origin™ System
July 30, 2012 Kentucky Lottery Shatters Sales and Dividend Records in FY 2012
June 15, 2012 Future Of Slot-Like Instant Racing Gaming Is Back In Hands Of Trial Judge After Appeal
June 1, 2012 Lottery Sets Sales Mark For 2013; Budget Numbers Include Higher Sales And Dividend Projections
May 3, 2012 Kentucky Derby Time!
May 1, 2012 First Decades of Dollars Prize in Kentucky Claimed
April 30, 2012 Appointments to the Kentucky Lottery Commission Announced
April 25, 2012 Court Of Appeals Hears Arguments Over Legality Of Instant Racing
April 4, 2012 Kentucky Lottery Drawings in Louisville Have a New TV Home
March 23, 2012 Kentucky Lottery Sales Rise In February; Helped By Successful Game Launch And Large Multi-State Game Jackpots
March 24, 2012 New Game, Big Jackpots Help Drive Kentucky Lottery Sales Higher in February
February 28, 2012 Indiana Senate Revises Smoking Ban
February 21, 2012 Bill To Tax Wagering Service Bets Receives Unanimous Approval from House Committee
February 15, 2012 100 Kentucky Lottery Players Share In Final Three Line Lotto Jackpot
February 14, 2012 Governor Presents Gambling Proposal, Sponsor
February 2, 2012 New Lottery Draw Game Offers Two Chances To Win!
January 20, 2012 Kentucky Lottery Sales Up In First Half Of Fiscal Year As Compared To Last Year
January 16, 2012 Gambling Amendment Short of Votes Needed to Pass Senate, Group Says
January 9, 2012 Governor Says Gambling Amendment Will Be Available Before February

News 2011
December 16, 2011 Kentucky Lottery Corporation Issues Request For Proposals (RFP)
December 29, 2011 Kentucky Governor: 'Simple' Gambling Amendment Will Be Introduced Next Week
December 22, 2011 Lottery Hits Run of Bad Luck, Has Too Many Winners
December 16, 2011 $200,000 Winning Ticket Spends Two Days Taped to Side of Lottery Terminal in Store 
Dec 20, 2011 Lottery Corporation Issues RFP for Third Party Security Assessment and Related Services
December 16, 2011 Kentucky Lawmaker Sponsors Casino Gaming Bill
December 8, 2011 Lottery Sales Continue Ahead of Last Year
November 28, 2011 Lottery Officials Say No Lottery Games For Minors
November 2, 2011 Kentucky Lottery Has Reached Yet Another Milestone – Eight Billion Dollars in Prizes Paid to Players
September 23, 2011 Kentucky Lottery Sales Up In First Months of Fiscal Year
August 3, 2011 Kentucky Lottery Receives Fiscal Management Award 16th Straight Year
July 29, 2011 Kentucky Lottery First in U.S. to Achieve Dual Responsible Gaming Certification
August 1, 2011 Kentucky Lottery Returns $212.3 Million To The Commonwealth In FY11
July 21, 2011 Breeders’ Cup® and KY Lottery Team Up To Re-Launch One Of The Most Successful Scratch-Off Tickets In KY History!
June 30, 2011 Regulators Recommend Kentucky Downs Approval For Instant Racing
June 30, 2011 An Open Letter from Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Arch Gleason
June 30, 2011 Grand Jury Hands Down Indictments Concerning Lottery Ticket Cashing Activity
June 8, 2011 Kentucky Moves Closer to Regulating Online Betting
June 3, 2011 Kentucky Lottery Sets Sales Mark For 2012
June 1, 2011 Ticket Sales Brisk For Special Lottery Raffle Game
May 13, 2011 New Raffle Game "Splits The Pot" With One Big Winner
April 1, 2011 Lottery 3rd Quarter Sales Look Promising
April 1, 2011 Lottery 3rd Quarter Sales Look Promising
March 25, 2011 Kentucky Lottery Sales Rise in February; Marks Second-Highest Sales Month of Fiscal Year
March 15, 2011 Even More Local Winning Tickets Sold In "Decades-Of-Dollars" Lottery Game
January 27, 2011 Millions Go Unclaimed in Kentucky Lottery
January 31, 2011 Kentucky Lottery Launches Decades Of Dollars
January 29, 2011 New Lottery Game to be Announced
January 28, 2011 State Lottery Sales Faltering, Nearly 4 Percent Down in First Half of Fiscal Year
January 18, 2011 Lottery Installs New Player Friendly Terminals At Retail Sites
Jan. 18, 2011 New Lottery Terminals to Check Tickets Unveiled Tuesday

News 2010
Nov 23, 2010 Local Students Benefit from Kentucky’s Lottery Sales
Nov 19, 2010 Lack of Large Jackpot Runs See State Lottery Sales Fall 6.1 Percent
Nov 4, 2010 Gambling Amendment May Push Through In Kentucky
Oct 5, 2010 Some Kentucky Lottery Terminals Experience Temporary Shut Down
September 18, 2010 Lottery Net Income Holds Steady in Spite of Dip in Sales
September 13, 2010 Mega Millions Ups Prize For Matching Five Balls
September 8, 2010 Pick 3 Has Gone and Done it Again, Midday Drawing Brings Triple Digits
July 23, 2010 Record-Breaking Proceeds Returned to the Commonwealth Despite Lottery Sales Drop
July 23, 2010 State-Wide Lottery Sales Dip, But Year-End Returns To Treasury Up
July 20, 2010 Kentucky Commission Asks For Legal Opinion on the Legality of Instant Racing Machines
July 1, 2010 reeders' Cup and KY Lottery Team Up to Re-Launch One of the Most Successful Scratch-Off Tickets in KY History!
June 17, 2010 Lottery Sets Sales Mark for 2011; Budget Numbers Include Higher Sales And Dividend Projections

Report: Gross Gambling Revenue Nationwide Fell Five (5%) Percent in '09
LEXINGTON, Kentucky (May 6, 2010) -- According to news sources the American Gaming Association (AGA) released its annual industry survey on Thursday that revealed gross gambling revenue nationwide fell five (5%) percent in 2009, to $30.74 billion............Subscribers

Pollard Banknote Named A Supplier To The Kentucky Lottery Corporation
YPSILANTI, Michigan (April 23, 2010) -- Following a recent competitive procurement, Pollard Banknote has been named a successful secondary supplier of instant tickets and related services to the Kentucky Lottery Corporation (“Kentucky Lottery”). This will be the first contract between Pollard Banknote and the Kentucky Lottery. .....................Subscribers

Judgment Against Lottery Reinstated
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (April 23, 2010) -- According to reports the Kentucky Supreme Court has reinstated a $4.3million judgment in favor of two former Kentucky Lottery Corp. employees..............Subscribers

Scientific Games Awarded Kentucky Lottery Primary Instant Ticket Contract
NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 20, 2010) -- Scientific Games (Nasdaq: SGMS) announced it has been selected as the primary vendor to supply instant tickets to the Kentucky Lottery Corporation. The contract, which will begin in June 2011, has an initial term of five years and allows for extension options of up to ten years. Scientific Games was chosen in an open and competitive procurement process and revenue to Scientific Games will be based on a percentage of retail sales........................Subscribers

Lottomatica Group subsidiary GTECH Corporation named apparent successful bidder by the Kentucky Lottery to provide new technology and ongoing services under a seven-year contract, following competitive procurement
ROME (Italy) – PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (US) (April 16, 2010) – Lottomatica Group S.p.A. announced that its subsidiary GTECH Corporation has been named the apparent successful bidder by the Kentucky Lottery Corporation (KLC) to provide a complete array of online lottery products and services, following a competitive procurement....................Subscribers

FY 10 Lottery Sales Projected to Decrease, But Profitability Up; Vendors Named for Two Major Lottery Contracts
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (April 15, 2010) - The Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s (KLC’s) board of directors today gave approval for negotiations to begin with vendors to provide instant and online game services. They were also apprised of lottery sales and profits for the first three quarters of FY10, and given an update on projected operating results for the year ending June 30...........Subscribers

Player Claims it is Hard to Find Remaining Lottery Tickets
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (April 5, 2010)  More than a million in cash prizes remain for one of the lottery's most popular scratch off games. But there's a problem: it's virtually impossible to find tickets at area stores according to a report....................Subscribers

WTVQ Partners with the Kentucky Lottery for T-shirt Giveaway
Kentucky (March 15, 2010) -- WTVQ is partnering with the Kentucky Lottery to give away thousands of free "Solid Blue" T-shirts just in time for March Madness..................Subscribers

Kentucky Lottery Called Responsible
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (March 11, 2010) - The Kentucky Lottery Corp. has earned certification naming it one of the most responsible lottery games in the U.S....................Subscribers

Three Men Accused of Running a Statewide Lottery Ticket Scam
LEXINGTON, Kentucky (February 28, 2010) -- Local news station reports that it is learning more about three men accused of running a statewide lottery ticket scam after their arrest in Scott County Friday.....................Subscribers

Kentucky Senate Turns Down Measure on Expanded Gambling
FRANKFORT, Kentucky (January 21, 2010) – Reports the state Senate voted along party lines on Thursday in defeating Senate President David Williams’ measure that would require a constitutional amendment before gambling could be expanded in the state.............Subscribers

First Kentucky Lottery Machine on Display in Frankfort
FRANKFORT, Kentucky (January 20, 2010) -  Kentucky's first legal lottery machine of the 20th century is now on display in downtown Frankfort ...............Subscribers

Lottery Sales Down Slightly Compared With Same Period Last Year
Article By Sheldon S. Shafer, The Courier Journal
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (January 20, 2010) -- As reported that the sale of all lottery tickets in Kentucky for the first half of the fiscal year that ended Dec. 31 totaled nearly $390 million, down $6.3 million compared with the same period for the previous fiscal year.....................Subscribers

Retailer Receives Bonus for Selling $128 Million Powerball Prize
GEORGETOWN, Kentucky (January 5, 2010) -- A central Kentucky store owner, who sold the winning Powerball ticket worth $128 million, received his own check Tuesday from the Kentucky Lottery. .....................Subscribers

Kentucky Lawmakers Prepare to Tackle Budget, Gambling
FRANKFORT, Kentucky (January 3, 2010) -- Lawmakers are scheduled to convene on Tuesday for the start of a legislative session that will be overshadowed by a looming financial crisis and a continuing push to legalize casino-style gambling in Kentucky...................Subscribers

News 2009

Lottery Funds Award Nearly 24,000 Scholarships in Eastern Kentucky
BLUE GRASS, Kentucky (December 9, 2009) - Students in Eastern Kentucky last year received nearly $37 million in college scholarships and grants paid for by Kentucky Lottery proceeds..................Subscribers

Kentucky Lottery to Join Other States in Selling Mega Millions Tickets
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (December 8, 2009) - Kentucky is joining another multistate lottery game that offers big prizes......................Subscribers

Kentucky Lottery to offer Mega Millions; Instant Sales Decline
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (December 7, 2009) – According to local news service the Kentucky Lottery board of directors has approved an agreement allowing the lottery to begin selling tickets for Mega Millions, a multistate jackpot game....................Subscribers

Kentucky Lottery Donates Early Lottery Items to State’s Historical Society
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (November 18, 2009) –As reports that the 20-year-old Kentucky Lottery has donated some early items to the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort........................Subscribers

Kentucky Lottery Drawings on New Station
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (September 30, 2009) – The ‘Courier-Journal’ reports that the Kentucky Lottery drawings in the Louisville area are moving to WBKI, the CW Louisville station.................Subscribers

Department of Charitable Gaming Wants To Regulate a Half-a-Billion Dollar Industry
Wants a Computer System That allows State Officials to Monitor Gaming in Real Time
PADUCAH, Kentucky (September 30, 2009) -- Charitable gaming in Kentucky relies on the honor system to make sure the money raised ends up in the right place. The $500-million dollar a year operation is only second to the Kentucky Lottery and just above Horse Racing.................Subscribers

Kentucky Lottery Starts 2010 Ahead
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (September 22, 2009) - The Kentucky Lottery Corporation (KLC) is off to a winning start for fiscal 2010...................Subscribers

Kentucky Lottery Receives Fiscal Management Award 15th Straight Year
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (August 5, 2009) -- For the 15th year in a row, the Kentucky Lottery Corporation (KLC) has achieved the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and finance reporting.....................Subscribers

Kentucky Lottery Breaks All-Time Sales & Dividend Record
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (July 17, 2009) - Sales in Fiscal Year 2009 for the Kentucky Lottery Corporation (KLC) totaled $810.5 million, according to figures presented to the group’s board of directors. This number (which includes $45.5 million in free tickets) surpasses last year’s record-breaking level by $32.3 million, or 4.2%. It also marks the fourth consecutive year of record-breaking sales.................Subscribers

Lottery Executive Gives Update to Lawmakers, Says Lottery Can Meet Legislative Mandate
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (July 29, 2009) -- Kentucky Lottery officials say they’re taking the necessary steps, including layoffs, to give the commonwealth a bigger share of total lottery proceeds, as mandated by state lawmakers...................Subscribers

Kentucky Lottery Posts Record $810.5Million in Sales, Board Extends Director’s Contract through 2014
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (July 17, 2009) -- Kentucky's lottery defied the odds of a reeling economy, posting record sales amounting to its heftiest contribution ever to the state treasury.............Subscribers

Lottery Surcharge Impact Debated, House Speaker Defends Lottery Comment
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (July 8, 2009) -- On Monday, state Senate President David Williams requested that Greg Stumbo, speaker of the House of Representatives, retract a comment Stumbo made to the Messenger-Inquirer about the impact that placing a surcharge on lottery ticket sales would have on Kentucky scholarship funds.......................Subscribers

Senate President Proposes a 10% Surcharge on Lottery Sales
KENTUCKY, USA (June 4, 2009) -- The top Republican at the statehouse has rolled out an alternative plan for supplementing racing purses............Subscribers

Kentucky Lottery Board Learns FY 2009 Projected Operating Results and Approves FY 2010 Budget
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (June 1, 2009) -- At Friday’s (5/29) meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s (KLC) board of directors, an operating budget for fiscal year 2010 was approved and operating results for the year-to-date were announced.......................Subscribers

Lottery Celebrates 20th Anniversary
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (April 6, 2009) -- Since then-Governor Wallace Wilkinson bought the first ticket in April 1989, the Kentucky Lottery has paid out $6.8 billion in prizes to players and returned almost $3 billion to the state, the vast bulk of which has gone for educational programs.................Subscribers

Kentucky Lottery Sales and Profits Continue to Grow
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (March 20, 2009) -- The Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s (KLC’s) board of directors was presented today with financial results from the first eight months of the fiscal year (July – February) as well as projected results for the remainder of the year...................Subscribers

Lottery Sales and Profits Increase; Dividend Transfers However Fall Below State's Expectations
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (January 23 2009) -- The Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s (KLC’s) board of directors learned today lottery sales and profits for the first half of the fiscal year (July – December) have increased over the previous year, but profits are below budget and those expected by the Commonwealth. Management indicated these trends are anticipated..............Subscribers

Lottery Corporation Preparing to Oversee VLT Operations if Expanded Gaming Approved
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (January 16, 2009) -- If the Kentucky General Assembly passes legislation allowing expanded gaming at the state’s horse racetracks, the Kentucky Lottery Corp. could have a system ready to oversee it in as little as nine months..................Subscribers


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