- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Lottery is giving away a total of 1,500 free Powerball tickets, ahead of the record-breaking drawing for a $1.5 billion jackpot.

Multiple media outlets report that state lottery officials are planning the Wednesday giveaway as a way to thank players.

The tickets, each worth $2, will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and will be distributed evenly among four locations.

The tickets will be handed out at a Kroger supermarket in Louisville at 10 a.m. A Kroger in Bowling Green and another in Nicholasville, near Lexington, will have the tickets at 2 p.m. The location for the event in Covington had not yet been released, as of Tuesday night.

Total Powerball sales in Kentucky ahead of the $900 million drawing Jan. 9 were more than $15.4 million.

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