That's how much Keno sales in Kentucky have raised for college scholarship and grant programs since November.
And that's also how much The Paducah Sun would take away from deserving students in the Commonwealth if left to their own devices.
Through a recent editorial, the Sun managed to dismiss an opinion from the state's Attorney General as "convoluted and wrong" simply because it didn't fall in line with the paper's philosophy. Keno is a game offered by more than a third of all U.S. lotteries, and legal opinions back up our contention that we are well within our operating statute to offer it in the Commonwealth.
Most troubling though was the contention that the Kentucky Lottery has "washed its hands of the (problem) gambling addiction issue." This statement is misguided, offensive and just plain wrong. Using a 21-year-old newspaper article as their premise, the paper dramatically misrepresented our intentions and efforts.
Also quoted in the article was the executive director of the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling. It's too bad the paper didn't dig a bit further to find repeated statements by that same person where he's referred to us repeatedly over the years as "one of the most responsible gambling entities in the United States." The same group has honored us twice with their top industry award, and we've been recognized nationally and worldwide for our efforts. Disagreeing with a particular direction of our company does not give license to denigrate this work.
Just last year, students in McCracken County received $2,883,407 in college scholarships with every dime paid for by the sale of lottery tickets. We're proud of what we've been able to do for students in Kentucky, and look forward to continuing to provide much-needed dollars to help our state's best, brightest and most deserving students go to college.
KY Lottery Corp.