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30 Years Ago Today, The Kentucky Lottery Began

Posted at 8:55 AM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 08:55:33-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18)- It’s the 30th anniversary of the Kentucky Lottery which has been providing college scholarship and grant programs since Apr. 4, 1989.

It was on this date that then-Governor Wallace Wilkinson bought the first two tickets sold for the new lottery. Neither were winners.

Close to 3000 Kentucky Lottery retailers have also shared in the $1.25 billion in profits. Lottery products not only provide a source of income through commissions and bonuses, but they also help drive people into stores to buy tickets.

“Thanks to our incredible network of retailers and the confidence the people of Kentucky have shown in our games, we’ve been able to achieve significant growth and support a variety of programs in the Commonwealth over the past three decades”, said KLC’s President and CEO Tom Delacenserie.  “We know Kentucky’s most deserving students are counting on us, and our mission of ‘fueling imagination and funding education’ is more important than ever.”