LOUISVILLE, KY (FOX19) - The Kentucky Lottery has announced a major shift in its nightly televised drawing show.
Beginning Sept. 16, the nightly drawing program will no longer be aired on broadcast TV stations. Instead, drawings will be streamed live and archived on the lottery's website.
There will still be a cable and satellite outlet for the Mega Millions and Powerball drawings. These draws have been and will continue to be shown live on WGN-TV, an outlet on nearly every cable and satellite system.
"When we started our draw show 23 years ago, the Internet as we know it didn't exist," said Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Arch Gleason. "Newspapers, retailers and the nightly show were the main places where people found winning numbers. Now, more than half of our players – 54% at last count – say they use the Internet to find their winning numbers. This is more than double the amount which find drawing results in the next highest ranked outlet, newspapers at 25%."
As a result of this switch, lotteries across the United States have started moving away from televised drawings. Gleason said many states, notably Indiana and Tennessee, have shut down their shows completely. There are more states now that don't air their drawings (25) as there are states that still maintain a draw show (19). States in recent history who have taken the step of shutting down their draw shows have not seen a significant and lasting drop in sales as a result of the move.
Players can receive text messages or emails with winning numbers by signing up for the Kentucky Lottery's Player's Fun Club on the website, or subscribe to the lottery's Twitter feed that automatically distributes winning numbers.