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Gov. Wilkinson buys first lottery ticket, 1989

Posted on October 22, 2014 | in Uncategorized | by
Kentucky Gov. Wallace Wilkinson bought the first offical lottery ticket at a Thorntons gas station and food mart in Louisville April 4, 1989. Wilkinson, who made the creation of a lottery the cornerstone of his 1987 gubernatorial race, bought $3 worth of tickets and came up empty. Wilkinson turned and jokingly told lottery President Frank Keener that he "could have organized this a little better." The governor later bought $100 worth of tickets -- 50 "Beginner's Luck" and 25 "DreamStakes" -- for his wife, Martha. Kentucky voters overwhelmingly supported the lottery in last fall's general election. The Kentucky Lottery Corporation says it has earned nearly $4 billion for Kentucky's state treasury since 1989. Photo by Frank Anderson | staff

Kentucky Gov. Wallace Wilkinson bought the state’s first lottery ticket at a Thorntons gas station and food mart in Louisville on April 4, 1989. Wilkinson, who made a state lottery the cornerstone of his 1987 gubernatorial race, bought $3 worth of tickets and came up empty. Wilkinson turned and jokingly told lottery president Frank Keener that he “could have organized this a little better.” The governor later bought $100 worth of tickets — 50 “Beginner’s Luck” and 25 “DreamStakes” — for his wife, Martha. Kentucky voters overwhelmingly supported the lottery in the previous fall’s general election. The Kentucky Lottery Corp. says it has earned nearly $4 billion for Kentucky’s state treasury since 1989.  Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

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