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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
Acting Director: Margaret Gibbs
Year Lottery Founded: 1989
Sales FY 2014:
Sales FY 2015:
$858.8 Million
$899.1 Million
Sales Per Capita: $177.19
Number of Employees: 156
Number of Points of Sale: 2,948
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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CLICK HERE to download the 2014 Annual Report From The Kentucky Lottery

News Archive for CY2017
March 24, 2017 Overwhelming Interest in the Kentucky Lottery CEO Job
March 24, 2017 Kentucky Lottery Sales Dip Slightly, But Proceeds to State Remain on Course
January 27, 2017 December A Lucky Month for Lottery Players in Kentucky
January 9, 2017 New Cash Ball 225 Game Helps Mark Kentucky’s Birthday

News Archive for CY2016
December 19, 2016 Kentucky Lottery is Stepping Up Its Mobile Game with a New App
October 17, 2016 Lottery Board Hires Firm to Help Find New CEO
September 21, 2016 Lottery Profits Continue Ahead of Last Year
July 29, 2016 Kentucky Lottery Breaks Sales and Dividend Records in FY16
July 4, 2016 KY Lottery President and CEO Arch Gleason Has Died
June 13, 2016 Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Arch Gleason Announces His Retirement
June 10, 2016 Kentucky Lottery Sales and Profits Continue Ahead of Last Year
April 19, 2016 Some Kentucky Lottery Games Now Available For Purchase via the Internet
April 4, 2016 Kentucky Lottery Sales Continue Positive Trend
January 29, 2016 Strong Powerball Jackpot Propels Kentucky Lottery Sales

News Archive for CY2015
December 5, 2015 Governor Makes Appointments to Kentucky Lottery Board
November 20, 2015 Lottery Scratch-Off Ticket Sales Continue To Surge
September 25, 2015 Lottery Sales 9% Ahead Of Last Year, Slightly Below Budget
September 1, 2015 Kentucky Senate Eyes Lottery Reserves.
July 30, 2015 Lottery Breaks Sales And Dividend Records In FY15
May 29, 2015 Lottery Sales Projected Ahead Of Last Year, Below Budget
May 29, 2015 Kentucky Lottery Sales on Track for Record
April 21, 2015 Marty Gibbs Receives Industry Lifetime Achievement Award
April 15, 2015 Kentucky Lottery Corporation Request For Proposals (RFP)
March 31, 2015 Kentucky Lottery Sales Continue To Trend Ahead Of Last Year
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 Archive for CY2014
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


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