Kentucky Lottery Launches "Win Place Show" Live Horse Racing Game

Wednesday August 19th 2020

The Kentucky Lottery has released Win Place Show, a game based on real-time horse racing results. It's the first US daily lottery-sports betting hybrid game.

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Win Place Show tickets are available from Lottery retailers across the state. The game features horse races nationwide, with a different live race available to play daily.

Tickets cost $2 and are Quick Pick-style, with three randomly chosen racehorse names and numbers, plus details including the track name and race time. Races are held nearly every day day as close to 5:00 pm ET as possible.

Players can win a prize based on whether their horses finish in the top three places in that day's race, and the order in which they match the horses' numbers.

The Bluegrass State, with its iconic thoroughbred racing industry, was a natural place to introduce the game. The annual Kentucky Derby is an institution famous for its fashion and Mint Julep drinks as well as its racing prowess.

"Given that racing is such a big part of the fabric of Kentucky, we're excited to be the first state to launch Win Place Show," Kentucky Lottery Interim President and CEO Marty Gibbs said. "Increased Kentucky Lottery sales mean more dollars for the college scholarship and grant programs we fund, and we're anxious to see how the game performs in the marketplace."

Win Place Show is the result of an innovative collaboration between the Kentucky Lottery and EquiLottery Games, a Louisville-based lottery game developer with a focus on fusing live sports with traditional lottery play.

"We could not be more delighted to launch our first game in my adopted home state of Kentucky," EquiLottery Games Founder and CEO Brad Cummings said. "Especially at a time when people are looking for safe ways to enjoy live sports, Win Place Show lays the groundwork for a new category where players do not have to be experts to win real money on live events like horse racing."

Win Place Show had a successful test run in March 2019 through 45 retailers, and the statewide launch was planned for April 2020. However, with the spread of coronavirus, the game's debut was pushed back. The Lottery expects $2 million in ticket sales this fiscal year.

Win Place Show prizes

Players win a prize if the numbers on their ticket match the numbers of the horses that place in the top three in that day's live race. Match all three numbers to win a cash prize, or match two numbers to win a free ticket.

The first and second prize amounts are determined by the day's ticket sales. If there is more than one winner in a prize level, the prize pool is shared equally by the winners on that tier.

  • First prize (cash): Match the top three horses' numbers in EXACT order
  • Second prize (cash): Match the top three horses' numbers in ANY order
  • Third prize (free ticket): Match any TWO of the top three horses' numbers in EXACT order (first and second OR second and third)

After the live race takes place, the racetrack will announce the official results. To see if you've won a prize, check the Win Place Show numbers page.

If the race is cancelled or one of your horses scratches before the race, take your ticket to a retailer for a free replacement play.

The prize claim period is 180 days from the race date.

For more game information, please visit the Win Place Show page.

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