Kentucky Lottery celebrates 25 years

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by WHAS editors

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Posted on April 4, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 4 at 1:41 PM

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.

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