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Kentucky Lottery to help choose 2013 'Thundernator'

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) -  The Kentucky Lottery will help choose this year's "Thundernator," the person who activates the Thunder Over Louisville launch system in the Command Center at the Galt House Hotel, kicking off the 2013 Kentucky Derby Festival.

"For years, we've partnered with KDF to offer winners of a second-chance promotion front row seats Thunder from a special vantage point," said Chip Polston, Vice President of Communications, Government and Public Relations for the Kentucky Lottery Corporation. "No, we're definitely kicking it up a notch by allowing one lucky winner to start the night's fireworks."

To enter the promotion, players must sign in or register for a Fun Club Rewards account at Once logged in, a player will be able to submit an eligible current non-winning $2 scratch-off ticket to enter for a chance to be the 2013 Thundernator. Current, $2 scratch-off games are defined as those for which the last date to claim have not expired. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 2013.

The drawing to determine who will be the Thundernator will be held on April 3. According to a KDF news release, the Thundernator's V.I.P. package includes an invitation to the festival's annual They're Off! Luncheon on Friday, April 19; a Second Street Bridge and Command Center Tour, also on April 19; overnight accommodations for a family of four at the Galt House Thunder weekend; and a front row seat in the Command Center on Saturday, April 20 – the evening of Thunder Over Louisville – to flip the switch that ignites the fireworks.

"The Kentucky Lottery is a longtime partner of the Festival, and we're excited to get their help in choosing this year's Thundernator," said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO.

Thunder Over Louisville, the Derby Festival's Opening Ceremony, is one of nearly 70 events produced by the Derby Festival in the spring. "Thunder Vision" is the theme of the 2013 Thunder Over Louisville event, the 24th annual production.

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