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FROM "UP AND AWAY" - TO THE KANSAS LOTTERY TODAY! KANSAS LOTTERY KICKS OFF 30TH BIRTHDAY YEAR
March 10, 2017
The Kansas Lottery began a year-long celebration of its 30th birthday today with a "Birthday Kick-off" event at the Kansas State Capitol.  During a program in the First Floor Rotunda, Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation designating Kansas Lottery Day on November 12, 2017.  Also at the Capitol today, the Kansas House recognized the Kansas Lottery's impact on the state with a special resolution and the Kansas Senate followed suit with its own Kansas Lottery resolution.

It was November 12, 1987, when the Kansas Lottery sold its very first ticket.  First Kansas Lottery Director Larry Montgomery (1987-89), on hand for today's festivities, recalled that sales of the first instant game "Up and Away" were $7 million the first week. That $1 game was the only product the Kansas Lottery had to sell at start-up.  Thirty years later, the Kansas Lottery is still going strong and setting records.

"Thanks to the hard work of our staff and the continued support of our players and retailers, we've had record sales for three years in a row and record transfers for two years in a row," said current Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta. "We run the Lottery very professionally, like the business it is."
From the beginning, through June 30, 2016, the Kansas Lottery has:
  • Sold more than $5.4 billion worth of lottery products.
  • Transferred more than $1.6 billion to the State of Kansas.
  • Helped retailers earn nearly $310 million in commissions and bonuses.
  • Awarded nearly $3 billion in prizes.
The Kansas Lottery has created nearly 100 millionaires in its 30-year history, and the number grows every year! The number of players who have won $1 million or more and the games they won are: 8 - Holiday Millionaire Raffle; 23 - Super Kansas Cash; 31 - Powerball; 5 - Mega Millions; 7 - Hot Lotto; 9 - Kansas Cash; 8 - Lotto America; 1 - Club Keno Million Dollar Giveaway, and 1 - Cash Lotto.  Three players also won "$1,000 a week for life" in Cash 4 Life.

The largest win in Kansas Lottery history was one third of a record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot, which was captured by a Franklin County resident in March 2012. The largest Powerball winner in Kansas was Donald Damon of Great Bend, who won a $96.6 million jackpot in November 2009.
Countless other players have won prizes ranging from $1 up to hundreds of thousands of dollars without hitting a jackpot, plus the Lottery has given away an impressive array of vehicles of all descriptions - boats, cars, trucks, motorcycles, even an RV - plus all kinds of trips and cruises, electronics and even original art, in second-chance drawings and special promotions. 

"We're always looking for new ways to provide fun and exciting entertainment that lets our players dream about what they would do if they won," said Presta.  "That's the impetus behind the interactive games we've rolled out in recent years, the addition of draw games like Lucky for Life, and our new PlayOn Players Loyalty program."

Presta said the Lottery is also focused on growing sales and making it easier for retailers to sell lottery products. To that end the Lottery this year has introduced legislation that would allow the Kansas Lottery to use electronic product dispensers (vending machines) to dispense Kansas Lottery products at select locations.

The Kansas Lottery currently sells $1 and $2 pull tabs, and $1, $2, $5, $10 and $20 instant scratch tickets, with its first $30 instant ticket planned for later this year. Kansas Lottery players also enjoy Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Lucky for Life, Super Kansas Cash, Pick 3, 2by2, Keno and Kansas Hold'Em draw games. Kansas Lottery products are sold at approximately 1,750 retailers. 

State-owned and -operated Casino Gaming
The Kansas Lottery entered a new era in 2007 with passage of the Kansas Expanded Lottery Act (KELA) authorizing the Lottery to own and operate casino gaming.  Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City was the first casino to open with state-owned and -operated gaming in December 2009. Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane started operations in December 2011, and Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway was right behind in February 2012.  Kansas Crossing Casino is scheduled to open later this month in Crawford County. 

The casinos generate revenue, not only for the State, but for the communities in which they are located.  So far, the casinos have generated more than $420 million for the State, more than $57 million for local governments and more than $38 million for the Problem Gambling and Addictions Grant Fund.
 
 

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