LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Kentucky Lottery is celebrating a big milestone: It's 25th birthday.
The lottery even had cake.
The first lottery tickets sold in Kentucky were purchased by then governor Wallace Wilkinson at a gas station on Preston Highway.
Neither turned out to be a winner.
Since that day 25 years ago, the Kentucky Lottery has handed out more than $9 billion in prizes.
The money from tickets sold helps fund scholarships for Kentucky students.
So far, the lottery has funded more than $2 billion in scholarships plus money for affordable housing and even veterans.