Kentucky Lottery Celebrates 20 Year Milestone

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

This week in April of 1989, the first lottery ticket was sold in Kentucky and now, 20 years later, the Kentucky Lottery is marking the milestone.

The day the lottery first came to the Bluegrass state, Governor Wallace Wilkinson visited Lexington to buy tickets.

More than 11 billion dollars in tickets have been sold in the 20 years we've had the lottery in Kentucky. Out of the 11 billion dollars in ticket sales, about 7 billion have gone to prizes and 3 billion dollars to the Commonwealth.

About 900,000 scholarships worth $1.2 billion have been distributed to about 300,000 students.

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