How the new Kentucky Lottery CEO plans to grow the lotto beyond $1 billion

07/04/2017 10:00 AM

A mere three-weeks as the CEO of the Kentucky Lottery Tom Delacenserie has lofty goals which include growing the lotto past $1 billion and sending more money to fund education.

Delacenserie comes to Kentucky by way of the Florida Lottery. He beat out some 800 other candidates for the role, and replaces Arch Gleason, who died last year shortly after announcing his retirement.

“A lot of it is attention to detail, taking care of the little things” Delacenserie said of improving revenue at the lottery.

“I think there’s a short-term goal and a long-term goal,” he continued. “The short term goal is to make the experience of selling a lottery ticket for our retailers and buying a lottery ticket for our customers more enjoyable. One of the ways we can do that is through vending machines.”

Long-term, Delacenserie said he wants to look at increasing distribution through new retailers, with the goal being to increase the customer base.

Watch the full interview with Delacenserie below with discussion including how the Florida lotto grew from $2 billion to $6 billion, and how that model could work in Kentucky.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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