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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- We now know the identity of the 2013 Thunder Over Louisville Thundernator. That person is 62-year-old Tom Hatton of Lexington, Ky., according to a news release.
"Thundernator" is the term used for the special guest who provides the countdown for the Thunder Over Louisville fireworks and activates the fireworks launch system in the "command center" at the Galt House.
This year, the Kentucky Lottery played a roll in the process. The Thundernator was chosen from over 317,000 fans who entered a promotion that kicked off on March 1. Players signed in or registered for a Fun Club Rewards account at the Kentucky Lottery Web site. Once logged in, they were able to submit an eligible, current, non-winning $2 Scratch-off ticket to enter for a chance to be the Thundernator.
Hatton, a native of Powell County, Ky., had only played the Fan Club Rewards a few times before. This will be the first time he attends Thunder Over Louisville.
"I couldn't believe it when I got the call and was told I'd won and would be the Thundernator," he said. "My family and I can't wait to be in Louisville and what a great way to experience Thunder for the first time."
Hatton won a V.I.P. Experience package that 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 Friday, 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, to flip the switch.