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Kentucky Lottery: More than 'state-sanctioned gambling operation'
This is the first story in a four-part series on the Kentucky lottery and its local and state impactSince it was founded in April 1989, it has generated nearly $8 billion in sales and contributed more $2 billion in revenue to the state treasury. But this multibillion-dollar enterprise is not your typical big business.The billions in sales it has generated come not from the sale of goods or services but from the sale of tickets. The $2 billion in revenue it has produced for the state comes not fr
Jan 27, 2005, 10:18 am - Lottery News

Lottery benefits Kentucky students but not its schools
This is the third story in a four-part series on the Kentucky lottery and its local and state impactAmid last year's protest by Kentucky teachers over what they considered to be an insufficiently-funded health insurance plan offered by Gov. Fletcher, the Kentucky Lottery Corp. received a letter from one of the angry educators. The letter underscored another, much older controversy surrounding education funding. The letter writer said, 'When you look at the amount of money generated for the Kentu
Jan 26, 2005, 11:09 am - Lottery News

Two men played key roles in establishing Kentucky Lottery
Two people played key roles in Kentucky's joining the growing ranks of states with lotteries. One of them was a politician who grabbed the headlines. The other was a storekeeper who worked behind the scenes, but his role in the founding of the now 15-year-old Kentucky Lottery Corp. was an important one.In the headlines was the late Gov. Wallace Wilkinson, a Lexington-based millionaire textbook salesman who was a native of Liberty. Behind the scenes was J.N. Frankel, a prominent Danville merchant
Jan 25, 2005, 12:51 pm - Lottery News

Kentucky lottery sales fall, but still exceed forecast
Tennessee games cut into revenue The year-old Tennessee Lottery continues to have less impact on Kentucky Lottery revenues than expected, with ticket sales for the first six months of fiscal 2004-05 down just 8 percent from the same period last year.Sales from July 1 through Dec. 31, 2004, were $20 million higher than forecast last spring, when officials were still trying to gauge the impact of the competing Tennessee Lottery, directors of the Kentucky Lottery Corp. learned at a meeting late las
Jan 25, 2005, 11:00 am - Lottery News

Survey: One-fourth of retail customers buy lottery tickets
This is the second story in a four-part series on the Kentucky lottery and its local and state impactOne out of every four customers at area stores that offer lottery games regularly buy tickets, according to a random survey of more than two dozen retailers in Boyle, Casey, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties.And the ticket sales they generate - more than $62 million worth in all five area counties over the last six fiscal years - have produced more than $3 million in commissions for the 65 are
Jan 25, 2005, 10:12 am - Lottery News

Kentucky lottery players try to beat the odds
This is the first story in a four-part series on the Kentucky lottery and its local and state impactMost members of James Carrier's family have earned their largely modest income from the soil. But there is one relative of the retired Crab Orchard area farmer who a little more than a decade ago planted a seed that turned her into a millionaire.The seed, in this case, came not from a farm supply shop but from a convenience store.Back in 1994, one of Carrier's aunts, Beverly Pitt, also of Crab O
Jan 25, 2005, 9:20 am - Lottery News

Kentucky Cash Ball player wins 5 jackpots totaling $1 million
Santa Claus arrived two days late for a lucky someone who stopped by the Thorntons store at 5318 Preston Highway on Monday and paid $5 for five plays on the Kentucky Lottery's Cash Ball.In what lottery officials described as a relatively unusual maneuver, the person picked the same numbers on all five plays: 11, 14, 21, 24 and, for the Cash Ball, 22.Those five numbers were drawn Monday night, earning the lucky player a whopping $1 million from the five $200,000 top Cash Ball prizes.The odds of m
Dec 29, 2004, 8:14 am - Lottery News

Kentucky man wins $300,000 lottery prize
A Hopkinsville, Kentucky man was celebrating his good luck after he purchased a $300,000 Kentucky lottery scratch-off ticket.Mark Baker, 31, of Hopkinsville, purchased the winning ticket on Oct. 8 at the Raceway convenience store on Fort Campbell Boulevard, according to a news release from the Kentucky Lottery.Baker was sitting in a car outside the store with his mother, Vickie, when he scratched the Silver Spectacular ticket and saw that he was a winner. I turned white as a ghost and started sh
Oct 18, 2004, 8:02 am - Lottery News

Crossing the border is good luck for $200,000 lottery winner
A Clarksville, Tennessee man's luck turned green earlier this month when he won $200,000 in the Kentucky Cash Ball lottery.David Crowe, 56, told Kentucky lottery officials that even though Tennessee's lottery is up and running, it's the Flash Market store in Oak Grove, Ky., where he always buys his ticket.Crowe has been playing the lottery in Kentucky for 12 years. His wife, Sue, bought the winning ticket for him saying she just happened to be the one who went into the store. It was a quick pick
Sep 21, 2004, 7:04 am - Lottery News

Kentucky Lottery rolls out new game
A kid's game - tic tac toe - is the Kentucky Lottery's newest online offering.Tic Tac Cash debuted Monday, the first game of its kind nationally, lottery officials said. It offers a $25,000 top prize.Concepts for other online games are on the drawing board as the lottery tries to recoup millions being lost across the border to the new state lottery in Tennessee.Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Arch Gleason said the goal is to keep our games fresh and fun. He said Tic Tac Cash fits that descr
Sep 1, 2004, 7:51 am - Lottery News

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