o The KLC tops $3 billion in prizes won since ticket sales started in 1989. Lottery players are currently winning an average of $6.3 million every week.
o On April 4 the Kentucky Lottery Corporation celebrates 11 years of Winning! Those eleven years brought over $5 billion in sales and over $3 billion in prizes won by Kentucky Lottery players. Over $1.3 billion of Lottery money has been provided to the State Treasury, money that the state is now putting toward college grants and scholarships.
o On May 24 the KLC launched the Player’s Choice instant ticket product line.
o On May 30 the KLC awards the second Powerball jackpot ticket in a row. On April 26 the Melvin Rhodes family claimed a jackpot worth $42 million in cash. Then the very next Powerball jackpot was also hit in Kentucky when “The Lucky Four,” four automotive parts store employees from Tennessee, split a jackpot worth $60 million. In addition, Jane Sigler won a $17.5 million Lotto Kentucky jackpot on May 13. It was the largest Lotto Kentucky jackpot three years.
o FY KLC ended fiscal year 2000 with a then-record $162 million dividend to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Sales reached $583.7 million, the second highest annual sales figure in the KLC’s history. Those dividends provided the following funding:
$22 million to the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) program, helping send 18,000 Kentucky students to college and technical schools.
$3 million to Literacy Development and Early Childhood Reading programs.
$2.9 million to the Kentucky Housing Corporation’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
o The KLC joins nine other states in launching the Powerball TV Game Show. Contestants gain entry on the show hosted by veteran TV personality Bob Eubanks and produced in Hollywood, California, by purchasing an Instant Powerball Scratch-off Ticket. The KLC’s first contestant is Harold Hawkins of Danville. He won $1,500 on the show, plus his all expenses-paid trip to Hollywood and $500 spending money. The show airs on nine TV stations across Kentucky and in neighboring states. o The KLC is awarded Level 3 Certification of the World Lottery Association’s (WLA’s) Responsible Gaming Framework, becoming the first lottery in the United States to achieve both Levels 2 and 3 of certification for responsible play programs, and one of the first two U.S. lottery organizations to achieve Level 3.
o On October 30, The Kentucky Lottery introduces its first ever $10 scratch-off ticket, Kentucky Holiday. Sales for the ticket are astounding. During the first six weeks of sales, the game generated more than $4.3 million in sales, and over 56% of the available ticket stock was sold.
o On December 12, the Kentucky Lottery becomes the first lottery in the world to have an “Elvis” scratch-off game. In a licensing agreement with Media Drop-in Entertainment (MDI), the KLC prints 1.8 million tickets that sell for $3 each. The game has a top prize of $30,000 cash, plus eight trips for two to Graceland in Memphis, TN. In addition, a second-chance promotion is held that gives players a chance to win Elvis memorabilia.
o On December 16 Billy Adams, a police officer from Ashland is the Kentucky Lottery’s first finalist on Powerball the TV Game Show. He wins $100,000, then declines to give the money back for a chance to play for $1 million.