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KY Lottery experiences big revenues (no winners) in big Powerball, Mega Millions; $10.8m for state

Although Kentucky wasn’t one of the locations where the winning Powerball and Mega Millions tickets were sold this weekend, sales for both games were strong during the jackpot run.
“This was an interesting weekend in the sense that we’d never seen both games simultaneously at such large levels,” said KLC President and CEO Tom Delacenserie. Powerball’s $559 million jackpot was the 6th largest in the game’s history, while the $451 million Mega Millions jackpot ranked as the 4th largest ever seen in the game.

“This really captured the attention of players and led to solid sales in the build up to the end of the run.”
From October 17th (the last time Mega Millions was hit) through last Friday, sales in Kentucky were $9.6 million.

From that number, an estimated $3.8 million will be returned to the Commonwealth.

For Powerball, the run that started October 28th through Saturday generated $17.3 million in sales, with an estimated $6.9 going back to the Commonwealth.
“All told, that’s $27 million in sales for those two games during the run, generating approximately $10.8 million in proceeds,” Delacenserie said.

He added overall lottery sales are currently tracking 7.5% higher than last year’s record-breaking pace, when for the first time the Kentucky Lottery generated over $1 billion in sales.

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