February 6, 2023. Louisville, KY.  – The Kentucky Derby Festival and Kentucky Lottery are once again teaming up to give away an unforgettable experience this spring. One lucky winner will be named the 2023 ‘Derby City Fanatic’ and receive a prize package filled with one-of-a-kind Derby Festival-themed experiences, ranging from VIP treatment to being the official Thundernator – the person who starts the fireworks for Thunder Over Louisville, one of the nation’s largest fireworks displays. Plus, they’ll win $500!

“The Derby City Fanatic is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the Derby Festival like a VIP,” said Matt Gibson, Kentucky Derby Festival President & CEO. “We enlist the help of the Kentucky Lottery each year because they’re the experts at giving away valuable prizes. We can’t wait to meet this year’s winner!”

To participate, any eligible KENO or CASH POP tickets costing $5 or more can be entered during the promotional period. The prize package includes around 10 unique experiences, In addition to being the 2023 Thundernator, the winner will also receive the following:

  • VIP tickets to Thunder Over Louisville for the Thundernator and guests;
  • Accommodations at The Galt House Hotel during Thunder Over Louisville weekend;
  • Tickets to Republic Bank BourbonVille (attendees must be 21+);
  • A tour of the Kentucky Derby Museum;
  • A behind-the-scenes tour and experience at Kern’s Kitchen/Derby-Pie ®;
  • Tickets to the Shepherd Insurance Great Steamboat Race aboard the Belle of Louisville;
  • Seats to Derby Festival Day at the Downs on Thurby;
  • $500 in spending money from the Kentucky Lottery; and
  • Official 2023 Derby Festival merchandise/swag, including the 2023 Official Poster

Winner and guests must be 18 or older. For a complete list of prizes and information, visit kylottery.com.

“Every year we look forward to meeting the Kentucky Lottery’s Derby City Fanatic,” said Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Mary Harville. “The Kentucky Lottery is proud to be a KDF sponsor and to have this lottery winner be the Thundernator, pressing that button to start the largest annual fireworks show in North America on Thunder Day, plus have a front-row spot for some amazing experiences. Our promotion truly creates a lifetime of Derby Festival memories.”

To enter the promotion, players must sign-in or register for a Fun Club account at kylottery.com or via the Kentucky Lottery app. Players must be in compliance with all requirements of the Fun Club terms of use, including requirements for registering for or updating an existing account in order to submit tickets to enter a promotion. Once logged in, a player will be able to submit an eligible KENO or CASH POP ticket worth $5 or more for a chance to be named the ‘Derby City Fanatic.’ (KENO or CASH POP tickets must be purchased between Feb. 6, 2023 and March 19, 2023, at a participating Kentucky Lottery retailer to be eligible). All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on March 19, 2023. The drawing for the ‘Derby City Fanatic’ will take place on or about Thursday, March 23, 2023.

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