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LOUISVILLE - On the morning of the Kentucky Lottery’s 50/50 Split The Pot Raffle drawing (June 10), Bullitt County resident Nickey Egnor remembered she hadn’t bought a ticket for the game.
“I called my husband Roger and told him to be sure to get one,” she said. Just hours before the drawing, Roger Egnor, Jr. went into the Thornton’s store at 1335 South Hurstborne Parkway and bought one of the $10 tickets. That ticket ended up winning the $145,430 pot.
After a full week of carrying the ticket around in his wallet, Roger stopped for gas in Cave City while taking his son to a football camp at Vanderbilt University.
“I asked the clerk in the store to scan my tickets to see if I had a winner,” he said. “She scanned it, looked at the ticket, looked at me, and then said I’d better sign the back of it and get to Louisville. I thought maybe I’d won a couple hundred bucks, and couldn’t believe it when she said we’d hit for more than $145,000.”
“I offered my son $100 right there if he’d let me turn around and head to Louisville,” Roger laughed. “He wouldn’t do it, so I put the ticket up for safekeeping all weekend long.”
The Egnors are the first winners of a Kentucky Lottery 50/50 Split The Pot Raffle. Lottery officials will now examine the game’s overall performance to see if it may be offered on an occasional basis.
Kentucky Lottery proceeds go to college grant, scholarship and literacy programs. The Kentucky Lottery has contributed more than $1 billion for need-based grant and merit-based scholarship programs since 1998.
The KLC also contributes $3 million annually to adult literacy development and “Read to Achieve”, an early childhood reading program. Since its inception in the 1989, the Kentucky Lottery has sent more than $3.4 billion to the Commonwealth.