Feb 15

Texas Lottery Releases Chocolate Scented Scratch-Off for Valentine’s Day

With all the excitement this week over the $564.1 million Powerball jackpot, you may have missed out on the news that the Texas Lottery is offering a scratch-off which emits the scent of chocolate. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the ticket which offers a top prize of $100,000 wafts the aroma around the stores in which it is sold, even before it has been scratched!

The Texas Lottery previously released a game with a chocolate scent in 2012 after first harnessing the power of smell with its Candy Cane Cash scratcher in 2010. Lottery spokesperson Kelly Cripe explained, “we always strive to incorporate innovation into our products, and scented tickets have historically sold well”. The current incarnation has contributed to last week’s highest ever scratch-off sales figures for the Texas Lottery.

The games costs $5 to play and prizes range from $5 up to $100,000, with a 1 in 3.49 chance of winning something from each scratch-off. So far one of the $100,000 prizes has been claimed with another seven to be discovered from sellers across the state. For every ticket bought for any of the Texas Lottery’s games, 27.5 percent of the price is transferred to the Foundation School Fund which supports the state’s public education. Find out more about the Texas Lottery at the dedicated page of Lottery.net.

The Chocolate scratcher comes hot on the heels of New Hampshire’s meaty I Heart Bacon tickets which have proved hugely popular in The Granite State.

by Mike Redfern
Updated March 30th, 2016

Mar 14

Illinois Lottery Launch New Instant Win Games

ILLINOIS LOTTERY LOGOFriday March 14 2014 – Illinois Lottery launched a series of instant win games this month with top prizes of up to $250,000. The six new arrivals are relatively low cost games, ranging in price from as little as $1 up to just $5.

The scratch-off games, called Neon 9s, Monopoly, Disco Bingo, Lucky Green, Casino Cashword and the MS Project, join Illinois instant win favourites such as Candy Cane Crossword, Words with Friends and Bingo Boogie.

At just $1 for a ticket, Neon 9s is the lowest priced scratch-off in the bunch and offers players the chance to win a top prize of $9,000. Lucky Green and Casino Cashword sit further up the scale at $2 and $3 respectively with every Lucky Green ticket giving players ten chances to win up to $20,000 and the Casino Cashword game offering prizes of $50,000.

The Monopoly instant win is among the most expensive of the new games at $5 per ticket but also boasts top prizes of $250,000. Launched on March 4, players have 15 chances to win on every ticket with the odds of winning very attractive at 1 in 3.99.  Also priced at $5 is the Disco Bingo game which has even better odds of 1 in 3.88 and more than $26.7 million in prizes to give away.

However, perhaps the most notable of the new selection is the $2 game dubbed the MS Project. Unveiled on March 6, the MS Project scratch-off has a $20,000 top prize and was released as part of Illinois Lottery’s ongoing campaign to fund good causes. All of the profits generated from the instant win game will be used to fund Illinois based research into the cause, prevention and possible cure of multiple sclerosis (MS).

The game’s release was announced during National MS Awareness Week, which ran from March 3 to March 9, by Illinois Lottery Director Michael Jones who said, “If you buy an MS Project instant ticket, whether you win $20,000 instantly or not, you’re helping create substantial funding for programs researching MS.”

Since 2008, Illinois Lottery has worked alongside the National MS Society to raise more than $6.5 million and if the MS Project scratch-off sells out, it will provide a further $1 million for the Illinois Multiple Sclerosis Research Fund.

John Blazek, President of the MS Society’s Illinois chapter said, “The partnership with the Illinois Lottery and the funds generated through the scratch-off ticket are helping to propel new and innovative research throughout the state. This is another important step in our ongoing efforts to create a world free of MS.”

MS Project is available at more than 8,200 Illinois Lottery retailer locations across the state and has respectable odds of 1 in 4.65. With 100% of profits benefiting this worthy cause, it seems there’s no losing with the MS Project instant win game.

by Mike Redfern
Updated March 14th, 2014

Dec 13

Speeding Motorists in Florida Receive Unexpected Christmas Treat

Sunday, 29 December 2013 – Speeding motorists in Melbourne, Florida, received an unexpected surprise as police officers doled out Florida Lottery scratch offs alongside speeding tickets on Christmas Day.

The unique move was thought up by Melbourne police officers who wanted to put a little sparkle into the day while keeping roads safe. Sergeant Jamie Rocque described their latest traffic safety scheme to Florida Today.

“When we pull the motorists over, we’re giving them the scratch-off tickets that the officers bought with their own personal funds. It’s something good to do in light of the holidays. We’re getting a lot of surprised looks; people don’t know what to say,” Rocque explained.

The scheme focused on a stretch of road along the Wickham Road commercial corridor, which has seen numerous traffic accidents in recent weeks. By 13.00 on Christmas Day, more than 30 scratch off games has been handed out to speeders and other traffic violators, although it is not currently known if any of the recipients were big winners.

“I don’t know, but we wish them well,” Rocque said.

In Other Florida Lottery News

The $46 million Florida Lotto jackpot, which was won on Wednesday December 18, is still to be claimed. The winning numbers were 2, 5, 9, 24, 34 and 40 and the ticket was purchased in Orlando. The latest Florida Lotto results can be found by visiting Lottery.net.

by Mike Redfern
Updated August 4th, 2017