o On February 25, the Kentucky Lottery has seven $100,000 winners in one POWERBALL drawing, a KLC record.
o On February 26, the KLC holds the first LOTTO KENTUCKY Millionaires Reunion. There have been 98 jackpot winning tickets since the game’s inception in October of 1989. The reunion, which 35 winners attended, helps launch a statewide promotional and media tour for the new “Now Choose Cash” LOTTO KENTUCKY.
o The “Now Choose Cash” LOTTO KENTUCKY officially kicks off with a promotion celebration at Louisville’s Galleria. The event draws hundreds of downtown workers who buy tickets for the first drawing and try their luck for other prizes.
o The new LOTTO KENTUCKY holds its first drawing. The game has returned to the original 6/42 matrix. The game also gives players the option of taking a lump-sum payment if they win the jackpot. The choice must be made at the time the ticket is purchased. If the cash is selected, the winner will receive the current cash value of the annuity prize (the amount the KLC must invest to fund the prize over 20 years).
o WHAS-TV in Louisville resumes production of the KLC’s nightly drawings. WHAS-TV takes over after WKPC-TV handled the drawings for three years. WHAS-TV originally produced the drawings from 1989-1991, along with the game show “Fun and Games.”
o On March 24, the KLC board of directors and President Arch Gleason enter into a four-year employment contract.
o BINGO sales total over $112 million. KLC introduces a new BINGO with a top prize of $15,000 and an additional fifth play card to thank the players for their loyalty to the game.
o Governor Brereton C. Jones visits KLC headquarters on June 24, to accept a ceremonial check for the record $136 million the lottery paid the state in FY ‘ 95.
o The KLC ends its fiscal year on June 30, with a then-record $512 million in sales and a record $136 million in dividends to the state of Kentucky. Since inception in April 1989, the KLC had earned more than $620 million for the commonwealth.
o The Multi-State Lottery Association's POWERBALL drawing is televised live from the Kentucky State Fair. This is only the second time in Powerball history that its drawing has taken place outside of its Des Moines, Iowa television studioo The KLC ends its fiscal year on June 30, with a then-record $512 million in sales and a record $136 million in dividends to the state of Kentucky. Since inception in April 1989, the KLC had earned more than $620 million for the commonwealth.
o The Kentucky Lottery wins the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for outstanding financial reporting.
o The KLC is also awarded the Purchaser of the Year award in the hospitality/service/nontraditional category at the 13th Annual Minority Enterprise Development Awards.
o The KLC is awarded the Katherine G. Peden Award for Corporate Excellence from the Business and Professional Women of River City.
o On the 18 th, a family from La Center, Kentucky claims a $33.8 million Powerball jackpot and 17 sanitation workers from Louisville claim a $9,090,000 LOTTO KENTUCKY Cash Option prize. The workers are later tagged "America's Richest Garbage Men.”