Lottery Tickets Reviewed: Elvis
Maximum prize: $25,000
“Second Chance” sweepstakes prize, for non-winning tickets: An Ultimate King-Sized Graceland Experience!
Appeal: The Hollywood trope about amateur lottery-ticket reviewers who write for obscure literary web sites having heroic schlongs, memorable hair, and garbage bags overflowing with cash is only two-thirds true: we are not uniformly rich. A five-dollar ticket is a minor splurge for me: but I could not resist the lure of an all-expenses-paid trip to Elvis’s hallowed Graceland.
That said: This ticket is a mixed bag. The unscratched design is lovely, with a score of tiny guitars defining the gaming grid. But then you get to the gameplay and strum-scratch the silver six-stringers to reveal… boring numbers to match against the card’s winning slate of boring numbers. The King is a sun at the center of solar system of visual possibility: hound dogs, suede shoes, and hamburgers could all have made fine “match the icon” elements — but the rich iconography of Elvis is untapped after the scratch.
The silver lining: While the immediate scratchie gameplay disappoints, losing tickets act as a virtual raffle-ticket in the online “Second Chance” drawing. So while fiver I spent today didn’t reap instant payback, maybe, just maybe, two months from now I’ll find a note Inbox about my tickets to Memphis. And that’s a fine daydream to add to my collection.
Graphic Design: 5⁄10
Immediate Fun: 2⁄10
Anticipated Fun: 10 / 10
Overall value: 5⁄10
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