State lotteries exceed expectations in 2020
Despite hardships, lotteries are breaking sales records
By Kate Northrop
In previous months defined by economic hardship brought on by the global pandemic, the lottery industry has proven to be a beacon of light, with some state lotteries defying expectations and exhibiting record sales.
The Texas Lottery, which has made headlines recently for its internationally-ranking Lotto Texas jackpot (now standing at $45.5 million), is also exceeding expectations with its 10th-consecutive record- ...
Sep 25, 2020, 4:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Mary Harville appointed President and CEO of Kentucky Lottery
New leadership follows strong sales of more than $1.2 billion for fiscal year of 2020
By Kate Northrop
After a selection committee reviewed over 350 potential candidates for the position, Mary Harville was chosen from a national pool of potential successors and was appointed President and CEO of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation by Governor Andy Beshear.
Prior to Harville's confirmation by the lottery's board of directors, Tom Delacenserie retired from the position in March after serving ...
Sep 17, 2020, 8:47 pm - Lottery News forum
Kentucky Lottery releases first lottery game based on real-time horse racing
By Kate Northrop
If you're a fan of the Kentucky Derby, or just horse racing in general, you might want to try out the Kentucky Lottery's latest game. Yesterday, the Kentucky Lottery announced that the first-ever lottery game based on real-time horse racing results has officially launched statewide.
Win Place Show is the first of its kind, nodding to the state's signature thoroughbred industry and featuring races across the country. Players who purchase a $2 lottery ticket will see three r ...
Aug 18, 2020, 2:32 pm - Lottery News forum
Kentucky Lottery sales rebound
By Todd Northrop
In Friday's meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation's board of directors, it was announced strong sales in the month of May has helped get the lottery back on track to meet budgeted sales amounts for the year.
According to Interim Chief Operating Officer Maggie Garrison, May sales were $132.1 Million, which is $33.7 Million or 31.9% more than budgeted. This was led by increases in our Scratch-off ticket sales, which jumped 46% or $29.4 million more than expected, she s ...
Jun 27, 2020, 9:14 am - Lottery News forum
Kentucky Lottery now using computerized drawings
Coronavirus claims another victim: Real lottery drawings
By Todd Northrop
Starting today, you will no longer be able to watch how the Kentucky Lottery draws its daily numbers games because the drawings now take place inside a computer program.
The daily Pick 3, Pick 4, and CashBall 225 games are all transitioned to computerized drawings starting Monday, and will no longer be drawn using balls and machines. Instead, a dedicated computer system known as a random number generator will rand ...
Apr 13, 2020, 9:11 am - Lottery News forum
Kentucky Lottery president and CEO set to retire
In today's meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation's board of directors, Lottery President and CEO Tom Delacenserie announced his retirement effective March 6.
Delacenserie, who turns 72 years old this year, assumed the top job in May 2017. Sales from FY17 through FY19 rose from $1,000,501,000 to $1,129,655,000, a $129.1 million (12.9%) increase during his tenure.
We've accomplished a tremendous amount in the last two and a half years, Delacenserie said. We strengthened our brand by c ...
Jan 24, 2020, 12:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Students head back to campus thanks to help from the Kentucky Lottery
As college students across Kentucky head back to school, a large number of them have proceeds from Kentucky Lottery sales to help pave the way.
Lottery proceeds provide every dime of the KEES scholarship ever awarded, many of which will be used at college campuses this semester. In addition, Lottery proceeds fund the need-based College Access Program and Kentucky Tuition Grants programs.
All told, $3.4 billion in Kentucky Lottery proceeds have been used for the college scholarship and gran ...
Aug 18, 2019, 10:22 pm - Lottery News forum
Undercover Kentucky Lottery investigation snares three store employees trying to steal prizes
An undercover operation conducted by the Kentucky Lottery has nabbed three store clerks trying to steal winning tickets.
A grand jury in Louisville has handed down indictments against three individuals charged with influencing the winning of a lottery prize through coercion, fraud, deception or tampering with lottery equipment or materials, and a separate charge of providing false information to a lottery investigator. The first charge is a class B felony carrying a possible sentence between ...
Feb 28, 2019, 3:31 pm - Lottery News forum
Kentucky Lottery celebrates 30 years with new logo
With the Kentucky Lottery's 30th anniversary occurring in 2019, a new logo that better represents its roots in the Bluegrass State has been unveiled.
The lottery is a different organization than we were ten years ago when the last logo was rolled out, and I felt it was time for a redo, said Lottery President and CEO Tom Delacenserie. He said players and the public should see a gradual rollout of the logo over the course of the next year.
The new art, developed by Louisville advertising ag ...
Jan 9, 2019, 2:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Kentucky Lottery adds new Keno game feature
Keno is Kentucky's 2nd-most popular draw game
Kentucky Lottery players now have a new way to win even more prizes in the popular game Keno, as the new Bulls-Eye feature is now available.
Players can choose to add the Bulls-Eye to their base Keno wager for a chance to win additional prizes. Adding Bulls-Eye will double the cost of the base Keno wager. For example, if a player wagers $5 on their base Keno game, adding Bulls-Eye will cost an additional $5.
During every drawing, a Bulls-Eye ...
Dec 18, 2018, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum