Lottery Tickets Reviewed: Shamrock Tripler
Maximum prize: $3,000
Appeal: There are a dozen ways to grade a person’s achievement relative to their potential — he’s not living up to his potential, she’s meeting hers, and so on, and so forth. There’s the surface-level commentary stated in the expression, but there’s also a deep gloom inherent in the phrasing that often goes unrecognized. When a well-meaning observer remarks, Sally’s living up to, or worse yet exceeding her potential, there’s the unwritten implication hovering in the vapor like a cartoon thought-balloon: Sally’s potential was considered and quantified, and expectations were set low. Years on, resting at last in a large oak box, may I be so lucky as to have a friend eulogize, he achieved one thousandth of his potential. The Shamrock Tripler is a dumb ticket. But the concept — the potential it fails to achieve — is gargantuan. Look at the word TRIPLER, metallic like the gold coins stumbling to earth from heaven. Consider the leprechaun, hidden perhaps behind the yellow game-box, and imagine if the Shamrock Tripler evolved into a quadrupler, and the leprechaun entered stage-left. Do not buy the Shamrock Tripler, as a ticket it disappoints, but say encouraging words to it should you see it at the store. Its potential is limitless.
Graphic Design: 2⁄10
Overall value: 2⁄10
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