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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
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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 2015
February 19, 2015 Bill to Prohibit Credit Card Purchase of State Lottery Tickets Passes Out of Committee
February 13, 2015 Senate Approves Legislation for New Game Aimed at Benefiting Horse Industry and Education
February 9, 2015 EquiLottery CEO to Testify on Behalf of Horse Racing Lottery Bill in Frankfort

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


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