New "Year of the Monkey" Lottery Tickets Printed
The Oregon Lotto has begun to debut new lottery games catered towards ethnic minority groups, beginning with their Latino-themed Loteria tickets last year, and this year’s Chinese New Year Scratch-Its, according to the Oregonian. Officials claim to have added the tickets to the lineup at the request of minority groups.
Two million “Year of the Monkey” scratchers were printed due to the visit of Elisa Dozono, then the chair of the Oregon Lottery Commision, to Los Angeles a year ago. She saw the “Year of the Ram” tickets outside Staples Center, and purchased “maybe five,” the Oregonian reports. After doing so, she snapped some photos of the tickets, and showed them to Lottery officials upon her return home.
There has been been some worry about advertising tickets to minority groups, due to a 2012 Oregon Lottery report that showed ethnic minorities have a larger chance of becoming gamblers.
About 50 new lotto games are debuted each year. Last year 840,000 Loteria tickets were distributed, and sold so well over twice as many Year of the Monkey tickets were printed.
Shiny pennies, much like those that might be used to scratch a ticket. Photo credit to Brett_Hondow on Pixabay.