February 11, 2016. Louisville, KY.  – The Kentucky Derby Festival and Kentucky Lottery are joining forces to name someone the 2016 Festival Fanatic!  One lucky winner, as part of a second-chance promotion, will have the opportunity to claim nine individual Festival experiences ranging from VIP treatment and a ride down Broadway in the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade to being the Thundernator for the Festival’s Opening Ceremonies – the person who activates the fireworks sequence and starts Thunder Over Louisville.

“The Festival Fanatic promotion is unique in that one of our players will win a group of experiences unlike anything else we could ever offer. You can’t buy this stuff!” said Chip Polston, Vice President of Communications for the Kentucky Lottery Corporation. “Every year we look forward to meeting our Festival Fanatic, and this year is no exception. It’s always so much fun to see our winner get to kick off Thunder, ride in a hot air balloon, be a VIP at countless events…this promotion truly creates a lifetime of Derby Festival memories.”

To enter the promotion, players must sign-in or register for a Fun Club Rewards account at kylottery.com.  Players must be in compliance with all requirements of the Fun Club Rewards 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 Lucky for Life ticket worth $2 or more for a chance to be named Festival Fanatic. (Lucky for Life tickets must be purchased between February 15, and March 24, 2016 to be eligible.) All entries must be received by 11:59 P.M. E.S.T. on March 26, 2016.

The drawing for the “Festival Fanatic” will take place on March 30. The prize package includes nine Derby Festival experiences.  Some of those prizes include being the 2016 Thunder Over Louisville Thundernator, a hot air balloon ride, seats on Millionaires Row during Celebrity Day at the Downs and $500 spending money!  For a complete list of prizes, visit www.kylottery.com.

“Being the Festival Fanatic is the experience of a lifetime,” said Mike Berry, KDF President & CEO. “We’ve enlisted the help of the Kentucky Lottery, because they’re the best in the business at giving away valuable prizes. We can’t wait to meet the winner and share with them the excitement Festival brings to Louisville.”

Thunder Over Louisville – the Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies – is one of nearly 70 events produced by the Derby Festival in the spring. The 2016 show is set for Saturday, April 23, and will be the will be the 27th 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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