2008

January

o        After rolling over for 19 weeks, the largest Three Line Lotto jackpot ever awarded was won by Angela McNear from Big Clifty. The winning $670,000 was bought at JC's Cigarette Outlet in Clarkson (near Leitchfield).

April

o    A state budget was adopted for the ‘09/’10 biennium that required the KLC to return 28% of sales to the Commonwealth. This was the first binding percentage return mandate ever given to the KLC, and caused a major restructuring that took place in June. 

o    0-0-0 was drawn as the winning Pick 3 number on the evening of April Fool’s Day. The prize payout tied that all-time record for the game ($3 million).

o    Keith Griffee, a Mt. Washington banker, was elected chairman of the KLC’s board    
      of directors. Richmond   real estate broker Ray DeSloover was elected vice-chair.
 
o    The KLC adopted a new logo, replacing the one that had been used since tickets first went on
      sale 19 years earlier. The new logo, highlighted by an exclamation point and a celebrating player,
      was designed to emphasize the fun of playing lottery games.

May

o    The Kentucky CashBall game was changed to add a 50 cent wager capability.

June

o    The KLC’s board of directors adopted a budget for FY ’09 that led to a major corporate restructuring. The move was made to adhere to the 28% return mandate set forth in the state budget. Changes made as a part of the reorganization included eliminating 28 positions and displacing 25 staff members (13% of the KLC’s workforce), closing the Bowling Green regional office and restructuring and curtailing the operations of the remaining regional offices, slightly reducing cash prizes and substituting free tickets for low tier prizes in scratch-off ticket prize structures, reducing liability limits for Pick 3 and Pick 4 drawings, restructuring and slightly reducing retailer incentive compensation, reducing advertising expenses, achieving cost savings for scratch-off ticket printing and other contracted services, and significantly reducing capital and other operating expenses.

July

o    The KLC announced FY 2008 sales of $778.2 million, which surpassed the previous record set in FY 07 by $34 million (or 4.6%). This led to the largest amount ever paid on prizes to players - $493.1 million, or 63.4% of sales. The key to the new records was the continuing growth of scratch-off sales, which grew to $470.9 million, a 7.1% increase from the previous year’s record level. Retailer commissions also set a new record at $50.1 million, and operating expenses as a percentage of sales dipped below 5% for the first time in the KLC’s history.

August

o    The CashBall Kicker option is launched.

September

o    Governor Steve Beshear announced the KLC funded college scholarship grant programs had awarded more than one billion dollars to Kentucky students. News conferences were held with the presidents of UK and UofL to announce the milestone.

November

o    KLC President and CEO Arch Gleason is elected to his second term as president of the World Lottery Association.

o    A Three Line Lotto Jackpot of $760,00 - the largest amount awarded to date - was won by a Louisville player.