Calif. Lottery Sending Winner to The French Laundry

Dec. 16, 2014 – Lottery players dream of winning all sorts of things, but dinner at one of the most posh restaurants in the country may not be what you’d expect to find at the top of those jackpot wish lists. But the California Lottery is offering just that once-in-a-lifetime experience players can win through a special contest for the scratch-off game Emerald 10’s. The winner will spend an evening at The French Laundry, dining on 18 courses created by Chef Thomas Keller and even receiving a special gift from the world-renowned chef and restaurateur. “What better way to celebrate California, our farm-to-fork movement and one of the world’s best restaurants than to offer [players] the ultimate The French Laundry experience,” said the Lottery’s Deputy Director of Corporate Communications, Russ Lopez, in a statement. “If you love food, buy a ticket, take a chance and join the ultimate ‘foodie’ club,” Lopez said. The French Laundry is one of a handful of restaurants in the country to receive three stars from the Michelin Guide, their highest honor. According to their website, the French Laundry “commits itself creating classic French cuisine with the finest quality ingredients, along with a similarly intense focus on impeccable guest service.” The restaurant is in Napa Valley, so the California Lottery will also put the lucky winner up in a spa and resort and transport them to the restaurant (in a BMW) for their unique meal. There’s just one prize to be won, so how do players enter?  First, they’ll have to take a chance on the $10 Emerald 10’s game, which offers chances to win prizes up to $1 million. Then, French Laundry hopefuls should take a selfie with their ticket and write a caption explaining who they would bring along for dinner and why. The contest doesn’t begin until Jan. 5, and the Lottery expects final details for the contest to be released around Jan. 1....

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Colorado Lottery’s in the Holiday Spirit

Nov. 6, 2014 – The Colorado Lottery kicked off the holiday season a bit early this year, launching their four new holiday scratch-off games just before Halloween. Now that they’ve been on sale for about 10 days, players may start thinking about “Giving scratch,” as the Lottery’s holiday promotion suggests. Each of the four new games makes a great gift that could turn into as much as $100,000. Priced at $1, Reindeer Games is an easy-to-play scratch-off that offers players a shot at one of four $5,000 top prizes, one of which has already been claimed. For $2 players can pick up a Happy Holiday$ ticket.  Each ticket offers players ten chances to win a prize, and the overall odds on the game are 1 in 4.  At the top of the Happy Holiday$ prize scale is a $10,000 win, and there are five of those prizes up for grabs. The new $3 ticket, Stocking Stuffer, offers players the best odds of winning a prize – 1 in 3.  The game started with three $30,000 top prizes but one has already been claimed, leaving just two to be won. Finally, the most expensive of the new holiday scratch-offs is the $5 Merry Multiplier.  The game has a top prize of $100,000 and there are just two of those prizes up for grabs.  Overall odds on the game are 1 in 4, and each ticket offers players 20 chances to win. The best part about the new holiday games is that each one is eligible for it’s own second-chance drawing in the “Giving is Sweet” promotion. Players who don’t win the first time around can enter their tickets into the special second chance promotion for a chance to win prizes ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, depending on which tickets they enter. Each of the four holiday games will have it’s own drawing, and the second-chance prizes correspond to the ticket prices: $1 tickets can win a $1,000 second-chance prize, the $2 ticket can be entered for a chance at a $2,000...

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Free Pizza? N.C. Lottery Game Has Pizza Prizes

Oct. 6, 2014 – Free pizza is the calling card of a good deal, and the North Carolina Lottery is giving players a shot at winning the good stuff – during National Pizza Month, no less – through a new scratch-off game. Their new Papa John’s scratch-off game costs $2, and players can win as much as $20,000 instantly.  Altogether there’s nearly $4 million worth of cash prizes to be won on the scratch-off. At the bottom of the ticket, players will also have a chance to win free pizza, breadsticks and more from Papa John’s, or score a discount on their favorite Papa John’s food. According to an N.C. Lottery press release, Papa John’s has put up $3 million in free promotional items and discounts for the special game. And, as if the instant-pizza opportunities on the new scratch-off’s weren’t enough, players can enter non-winning Papa John’s tickets into a special second chance promotion for a chance to win free pizza all year. Through a second-chance contest, five lucky winners will score free Papa John’s pizza all year long, and another 15 winners will win pizza parties. Free pizza on a scratch-off is such a good idea, it’s hard to believe it hasn’t been done before.  So how did it come to be? Papa John’s Vice President of Operations Mike Smith explained that as co-sponsors of so many North Carolina events, it seemed like a great idea for Papa John’s and the North Carolina Lottery to partner up. “We thought ‘Why not work together on a game?’  This could be fun for everyone,” Smith said....

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NJ Lottery Launches Walking Dead Scratch-offs

Oct. 6, 2014 – Starting today, New Jersey Lottery players can find new, Walking Dead scratch-off tickets with a theme inspired by the hit television show on AMC. The Lottery released the new Walking Dead scratch-offs with three different designs.  Each ticket costs $2, and players have a chance to win as much as $30,000. The Walking Dead tickets feature a familiar style of play: to win, players need to scratch the play area and try to uncover a money bag symbol or a badge symbol. The money bag symbol signals an instant win of the prize amount shown beneath, and the badge symbol signals an instant win worth double the prize shown. Each Walking Dead ticket offers players 10 chances to win a prize, and prizes range from $2 to the $30,000 top prize. There are 6 top prizes up for grabs on the game, and unless some lucky player picked up a winner this morning, all six are still available. The game also features more than 100 second prizes that will have to be claimed at the New Jersey Lottery’s headquarters.  Each second prize is worth $1,000; prizes worth $600 or more must be claimed at the Lottery’s...

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Win Colts Suite Tickets From the Hoosier Lottery

Sept. 8, 2014 – The Hoosier Lottery last week released a brand new scratch-off ticket, Colts $20,000 Touchdown Cash, to celebrate the beginning of a new pro football season – and to give Hoosier Lottery players a chance to win awesome prizes, of course. The new scratch-off ticket costs $2 to play and offers players a shot at winning a $20,000 top prize.  When the game launched last Thursday there were eight top prizes available, but somebody has already won $20,000! That leaves seven top prizes, but don’t worry, there are thousands of smaller cash prizes still waiting to be won, and the biggest Colts fans may be more interested in the game’s second prize – or in special second-chance prizes – than $20,000 in cash. That’s because players can instantly win Colts season tickets on the scratch-off game.  Uncovering a “Touchdown” symbol – the image of a referee with his arms raised – means players win the prize shown underneath the symbol. For 24 lucky players, the prize underneath that little referee symbol will say “COLTS,” indicating they’ve won a pair of 2015 Colts Season tickets! The Lottery will pay all the taxes associated with the prize, which is valued at about $3,600, so winners can simply enjoy their seats for the 2015 season. Some players may not want to wait a whole year to see the Colts play live, though.  For those players, a special second-chance promotion to go along with the new Colts scratch-offs may be the answer. Through the promotional contest, Hoosier Lottery players will have a chance to win suite-level tickets to a 2014 Colts regular season game. There are tickets to seven regular-season games up for grabs, and winners will be chosen through second-chance drawings. Four winners will be named in each drawing.  Each will receive four tickets to the Hoosier Lottery Suite, valued at about $3,400; a $200 gift card for the Colts Pro Shop inside the stadium and $100 cash. The second chance promotion is already open,...

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New $2 Cash Explosion Ticket Ups the Ante

Aug. 28, 2014 – The Ohio Lottery has released an all-new $2 Cash Explosion scratch-off ticket that is making one of the state’s favorite games even better. The new ticket now offers a top prize worth $5,000 and has $2 million more in the overall prize pool. According to the Ohio Lottery, the new $2 ticket also offers players better odds of winning smaller cash prizes between $5 and $500 on the new ticket. And, with a new multiplier on the ticket, players can have their winnings doubled or even multiplied five times. Just like older Cash Explosion tickets, the new $2 game offers players a chance to have their moment in the spotlight.  If you uncover the word “Entry” three times as you scratch off your ticket, you’ll be able to enter for a chance to appear on the Cash Explosion television show. There, you’ll be guaranteed to win $5,000, but you’ll have a chance to win as much as $50,000. In addition to a chance to win your spot on the Cash Explosion game show, “Entry” tickets, which players can mail in or enter online, will automatically be entered into a daily drawing for $1,000. The new tickets are also eligible for the monthly bonus drawing, which award 10 lucky players with $1,000 prizes, and another 50 winners score $100 prizes. With the release of the new $2 ticket, the Ohio Lottery says it’s  time for “a new generation of Cash Explosion.”  The older tickets were worth playing just for a chance to take the stage on the Lottery’s game show, but with better odds and more to be won, why not take a chance on that new generation? For more information on the Cash Explosion game show, how to enter, and bonus drawings, go to the Ohio Lottery’s Cash Explosion website.  Good luck!   Photo Credit: DeviantArt User 2bgr8stock. Licensed Under Creative Commons Attribution...

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