March 4, 2015. Louisville, KY.  – For this year’s 60th Celebration of the Kentucky Derby Festival, KDF has teamed up with the Kentucky Lottery to name someone the 2015 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.

Said Chip Polston, Vice President of Communications for the Kentucky Lottery Corporation: “Every year, we award a variety of experiences to our players as prizes. We’ve given them trips, concert tickets, and a wide variety of other items. However, the Festival Fanatic brings a collection of experiences to the table that is unlike any other promotion we’re able to offer. Where else are you going to get the chance to turn the key to start the largest fireworks show in North America, let alone all the other fan-favorite experiences this promotion has to offer?”

To enter the promotion, players must sign-in or register for a Fun Club Rewards account at kylottery.com.  Once logged in, a player will be able to submit an eligible Keno ticket work $5 or more for a chance to be named Festival Fanatic. (Keno tickets must be purchased between March 2, and March 28, 2015 to be eligible.) All entries must be received by 11:59 P.M. E.S.T. on March 29, 2015.

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 2015 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.

“To help celebrate our 60th Festival, we want to give one person 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.  Somebody’s gotta win and we can’t wait to find out who that somebody is.”

Thunder Over Louisville – the Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies – is one of nearly 70 events produced by the Derby Festival in the spring. The 2015 show is set for Saturday, April 18, and will be the will be the 26th 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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