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Lot­tery Tick­ets Re­viewed: Fire & Ice


Photographs of the "Fire & Ice" lottery ticket.

Cost: $1

Max­i­mum prize: $1,000

At a Glance: Six rows of col­or­ful icons as­cend this ver­ti­cal­ly-ori­ent­ed tick­et like so many lay­ers of a cake made of mon­ey. From the base, three blocks of ice rep­re­sent the one dol­lar prize lev­el; next up, a trio of chili pep­pers stands in for a spici­er prize of five bucks; at the very top, three orbs of pure flame show you the way to a fiery thou­sand. The back­ground graph­ic is an echo of the “as­cend­ing hot­ness” mo­tif of the fore­ground icons, with cool ice blues low on the tick­et feath­er­ing in­to warm swirls of or­ange and yel­low high on the tick­et, reach­ing for the an­ni­hi­lat­ing in­fer­no of the sun.

Game­play: This is a “peel to win” tick­et, where in­stead of scratch­ing metal­lic paint from the front of the tick­et to re­veal the win­ning com­bi­na­tions, you pull card­board tabs on the back­side to re­veal the icons be­neath. Yours tru­ly finds this in­stant-grat­i­fi­ca­tion gam­ing mech­a­nism less sat­is­fy­ing that the al­most-in­stant-grat­i­fi­ca­tion of a tra­di­tion­al stratch­er, but still, for a buck this tick­et ain’t bad. This re­view­er won zilch, but I en­joyed the brief thrill.

Graph­ic De­sign: 710

Eroti­cism: 110

Over­all val­ue: 610

Filed under Lottery Tickets, Reviewed on February 10th, 2023

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