o Arch Gleason, President and CEO, and Marty Gibbs, Chief Operating Officer, accept the 2001 Louisville Society of Human Resources Management Leadership Award. The LSHRM’s annual award recognizes exceptional leadership that advances the strategic importance of human resources in an organization.
o On February 25, Kentucky Cash Ball expands from three drawings per week to six drawings per week.
o On February 28, the Kentucky Lottery launches another first, a pull-tab with a $1,000 top prize. $1,000 Grand is a $1 pull-tab and has a bonus prize of $1,000. Until now, the highest pull-tab top prize was $300. While there isn’t a $1,000 winner in each pack of tickets, there are ten $1,000 bonus prizes mixed throughout the game.
o On March 19, the Kentucky Lottery launches the initial phase of its Player’s Fun Club on the web site. The club offers chances for players to win prizes, play games, participate in research panels, download screen savers, and more.
o On March 25, the Kentucky Lottery became only the third Lottery in North America to launch the CD-ROM scratch-off game, TreasureTower. Players purchase the starter kit for $10, which includes the CD-ROM game and three TreasureTower scratch-offs. They scratch-off the tickets to reveal an access code, which is input on the computer to play the game. By playing the game, players find out how much they have won on the scratch-off ticket. They then take the ticket back to a retailer to cash it in.
o New Public Service Announcements featuring Nashville recording stars Sara Evans, Montgomery Gentry, Phil Vassar, and Rascal Flatts debut to promote responsible gaming.
o On June 21, Joe & Lili Anderson from Murray, KY became the Kentucky Lottery’s 12th Powerball jackpot winners. They won $14 million from a ticket containing numbers from their anniversary and birthdays.
o On June 30, the Kentucky Lottery ends its Fiscal Year with a bang! The KLC set a then- sales record of $639 million and provided a record $172.7 million to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
o On July 23, the Kentucky Lottery has its 13th Powerball jackpot winner when Richard Barbella of Lexington claimed his $41.5 million prize. It was back-to-back jackpot winners for Kentucky, having just sold the last jackpot winner in June.
o On August 5-10, the first ever Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW) was held in Kentucky. The KLC’s Nichelle Lee chaired the committee made up of the Horse Racing industry, Ohio River Boat Casinos, State-certified compulsive gambling counselors, the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling and the Department of Mental Health/Mental Retardation Services.
o On August 7, the KLC introduced the “Not 18? No way! No play!” campaign, including TV spots featuring national personalities Nappy Roots, Felton Spencer, and Anthony Anderson.
o On September 7, Barbara Edgley of California, KY became the first Kentucky contestant on Powerball - the Game Show to win the $1 million top prize.
o On September 16, Atlantic Recording artists Nappy Roots, along with the Kentucky Lottery and Governor Paul Patton held an event to celebrate Kentucky’s Jeff Green Scholars. The event was held at ShelbyCountyHigh School. Approximately 600 student recipients received the full benefit of $2,500 each from the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES), funded by the Kentucky Lottery.
o On October 4, “Powerball - The Game Show” changed to “Powerball Instant Millionaire.” The show moved to Las Vegas, a new host was brought on board and new games were implemented.
o On October 6, changes were made to the Powerball game. Four numbers were added to the white balls, the number “1” was removed from the Powerplay, and the odds changed to 1 in 120 million. The changes were made to create bigger jackpots more often.
o On October 21, Nancy and Buddy Meyer of Logan County became Kentucky’s first Lotto South jackpot winners. The Meyers won a $6 million Lotto South jackpot.
o On October 30, Powerball winner Richard Barbella of Lexington made a $1 million donation to the University of Kentucky. The money was a gift to UK’s general fund where it can be used for salaries and scholarships.
o On December 2, the Kentucky Lottery celebrated a milestone by hitting $4 BILLION in prizes awarded to players since the Lottery began in 1989. Tony Revack ofBurlington, Kentucky helped push the Lottery over the $4 billion mark when he won $240,000 on a scratch-off ticket.