March 27, 2014 Louisville, KY.   – Through a special second chance promotion sponsored by the Kentucky Lottery, Melanie Chilton of Louisville, Kentucky, has won the opportunity to claim 25 individual Festival experiences ranging from VIP treatment at more than a dozen Festival events to being the Thundernator for the Festival’s Opening Ceremonies – the person who activates the fireworks sequence and starts Thunder Over Louisville on April 12th.

Over 41,000 fans entered the promotion which kicked off on January 27th.  Players signed in or registered for a Fun Club Rewards account at www.kylottery.com.  Once logged in, they were able to submit an eligible current non-winning $2 Scratch-off ticket to enter for a chance to be the 2014 Festival Fanatic.

“When I got the call telling me I was the Festival Fanatic, I thought it was a joke! I was sure my kids were pulling a prank on me,” said Chilton. “I am so excited to have the opportunity to be the Festival Fanatic. I’m overwhelmed because it’s the chance of a lifetime.”  The Jefferson County native is part owner of Family Sports Grill and Pub in Louisville where Kentucky Lottery Keno tickets are sold (which were not eligible for entry in this promotion).

Chilton’s prize package includes 25 Derby Festival experiences.  Her first Festival Fanatic experience will be tonight at the Macy’s Spring Fashion Show at Horseshoe Southern Indiana.   Some of the other experiences include being the 2014 Thunder Over Louisville Thundernator, a helicopter ride at the Derby Festival Thunder Preview Party, a chance to fly in one of the Thunder Air Show aircraft, a hot air balloon ride, a ride in the official pace car of the marathon/miniMarathon, seats on Millionaires Row during Celebrity Day at the Downs and $1,000 spending money!  For a complete list of prizes, visit www.kylottery.com.


Melanie Chilton will be available for interviews. To arrange, please contact Chip Polston at the Kentucky Lottery at 502-560-1675.

Thunder Over Louisville – the Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies – is one of nearly 70 events produced by the Derby Festival in the spring. The 2014 show is set for Saturday, April 12, and will be the 25th annual production. The show is sponsored by Horseshoe Southern Indiana, KentuckyOne Health, LG&E, Meijer, UPS and Valero.

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.