February 7, 2018. Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival and Kentucky Lottery are joining forces to give away a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One lucky winner will be named the 2018 Festival Fanatic and receive a prize package that includes unique Festival experiences ranging from VIP treatment and a ride down Broadway in the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade to being the Thundernator – the person who starts the fireworks for Thunder Over Louisville. Plus, they also win $500 worth of spending money!

“Being the Festival Fanatic is the experience of a lifetime,” said Mike Berry, KDF President & CEO. “We get the Kentucky Lottery’s help each year, because they’re the best in the business at giving away valuable prizes.”

The prize package includes a total of nine Derby Festival experiences. Some of those prizes include a hot air balloon ride during the U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest, VIP treatment at the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade, being the 2018 Thunder Over Louisville Thundernator, seats on Millionaires Row during Celebrity Day at the Downs, and $500 spending money! For a complete list of prizes, visit kylottery.com.

“The great thing about this promotion is the Festival Fanatic experience truly is priceless – you can’t buy this stuff, especially the role as the Thundernator,” said Tom Delacenserie, president and CEO of the Kentucky Lottery. “This is so unique in that one of our players will win a group of experiences unlike anything else we could ever offer on our own. We always look forward to meeting our Festival Fanatic, as this 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 non-winning KENO ticket worth $5 or more for a chance to be named Festival Fanatic. (KENO tickets must be purchased between February 5, and March 17, 2018 to be eligible.) All entries must be received by 11:59 P.M. E.S.T. on March 18, 2018. The drawing for the “Festival Fanatic” will take place on March 20.

Thunder Over Louisville – the Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies – is one of nearly 70 events produced by the Derby Festival in the spring. The 2018 show is set for Saturday, April 21, and will be the 29th annual production.

The Kentucky Derby Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. It entertains more than 1.5 million people in a two-to three-week period every spring.

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