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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  • by Diane Location: Mt. Sterling on Apr 8, 2009 at 07:59 AM
    And we still rank near the bottom 5 states in education. Go figure.
  • by c Location: fkt on Apr 7, 2009 at 03:02 AM
    Yeah! And where is the money that was supposed to go into education? It's in the general fund for the govt to waste along with the rest of taxpayers money! I used to play the lottery, but after they came out with that free ticket crap, I stopped because I figure, if they are too cheap to at least give me back my money, then it's not worth playing! I've heard alot of others the same. The lottery is a waste of money, my new theme is "It doesn't pay to play"!
  • by Nathan A on Apr 6, 2009 at 08:26 PM
    Who cares! Lottery gets you out of the trouble you are in now, only to create new trouble in the long run. Lottery = Curse An old timer told me that the lottery is for people who can't do math.
  • by steve on Apr 6, 2009 at 08:03 PM
    Yea they should ban it it's worthless!
  • by Jack Location: Harlan Poor House on Apr 6, 2009 at 05:41 PM
    I think they are selling the tickets much too cheap. In 20 long years they have not raised the price of the tickets one time...If they will raise the price to where it ought to be then maby uk would not have to raise tutition so much so often. Lets raise the price like they did on cigs. and gas.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Apr 6, 2009 at 03:21 PM
    ...and all the revenues have skyrocketed Kentucky into the top 50 school systems in the US!


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