1989
January
 
o        The Kentucky Senate confirms the appointment of the first seven members to the Kentucky
      Lottery board of directors: William Sullivan, chairman, Robert Anderson, Charles Baird, Al Brown, Ralph Hacker, Connie  Lawson and Charlene Vater.
 
o        State Treasurer Robert Mead, CPA was appointed to serve ex-officio.
 
o        Frank Keener, who chaired the lottery commission, is named president of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation.
 
February
 
o        Louisville is selected as the site for Kentucky Lottery Corporation (KLC) headquarters. Regional offices are designated for Lexington, Florence, Henderson, Prestonsburg, Bowling Green, and Ashland.
 
o       Hiring begins for a 155 member staff.
 
March
 
o       The board of directors and other KLC officials decide to launch the Kentucky Lottery with two instant games rather than one, the traditional number.  BEGINNER’S LUCK is a $1 game with a $1,000 top prize. KENTUCKY DERBY DREAMSTAKES, a $2 game, is based on the world’s most famous horse race, the Kentucky Derby.
 
April
 
o        On April 4, the first day of sales, over 5,000 licensed retailers sell more than $5 million in Kentucky Lottery tickets.
 
o       The KLC’s first week of sales generates $27 million, making Kentucky’s lottery one of the leaders in first-week sales per capita.
 
May
 
o        Big winners in DERBY DREAMSTAKES attend the Kentucky Derby as guests of the KLC. Each winner draws the name of a horse running in the Derby.  The person with the winning horse wins $1 million. Danny Hurley of Chavies, Kentucky becomes the KLC’s first million dollar winner as Sunday Silence crosses the finish line.
 
July 10
 
o       The KLC makes its first dividend payment to the commonwealth in the amount of $41 million.
 
August
 
o        Lottery officials again differentiate the Kentucky Lottery from those in other states by approving nontraditional pricing for on-line lotto tickets: One play for $1; three plays for $2; and eight plays for $5. LOTTO KENTUCKY, a traditional lottery game, will be the first on-line game introduced.
 
September
 
o       GTECH, the KLC’s on-line vendor, begins the installation of the first 1,000 on-line ticket terminals across the state.
 
October
 
o       On October 16, the first LOTTO KENTUCKY ticket is sold. The game has a 6/42 matrix with about a 1 in 5.2 million odds of winning the jackpot. Jackpot prizes are paid in 20 annual installments.  A weekly drawing is held on Saturdays at 7:28 p.m. EST.
 
o       LOTTO KENTUCKY makes its first millionaires on October 28.  John and Pat Ackerman of Louisville win the $2 million jackpot with the only ticket that matches all six numbers.
 
November 20
 
o       The KLC launches KENTUCKY CASH, its second on-line game. The daily game is later renamed PICK 3.