Tuesday, February 20, 2018
And now...... a bit about....
What Lotologists collect
Instant ticket
Also known as an instant game, scratch off ticket, scratch card, etc. These tickets are bought and played by scratching off the latex over the play area. Winning tickets can be redeemed without waiting for a drawing to be held.
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Mint, unused or MT

A mint ticket is an instant ticket that has been purchased and never scratched. Whether it is a winner or a loser will probably remain unknown. That uncertainty of perhaps being a winner may be too tempting for some collectors, but for the purist, the MINT ticket is a treasure. Collecting mint tickets can be expensive but it is argued by some collectors to be a better investment as there will be less mint tickets surviving than scratched tickets.
Used, scratched or SC
A ticket that has been purchased and then played by scraping the latex off the play area is called a 'scratched' ticket. Losing instant tickets are usually discarded by the non-collector. Picking up discarded tickets and trading with other lotologists can build a collection for the cost of postage.
Collector Scratched
Some collectors buy tickets and carefully scratch off the least amount of latex to determine if the ticket is a winner. These tickets are sometimes called 'collector scratched' and are highly desirable compared to the non-collector scratched tickets where most if the latex has been removed.
Ticket Varieties
In some cases, the latex area of the ticket is the only significant difference between one ticket and another.

For example, one ticket might have a blue latex covering, while another ticket issued at the same time would have the scratch-off area covered in red. If all of the latex were scratched off it would be impossible to distinguish one variety from another.

One of the Mother's day series from British Columbia is an example of this type of ticket. The latex was different colored between the two varieties. Latex covered the center basket and also the small bonus area below. If the latex was completely scraped off these two areas, it was impossible to tell one ticket from another!
Sample/Void or SV
A sample/void ticket is an unused ticket that has been voided and has no gaming use. These tickets are used for promotional purposes and are given to retailers for display and to demonstrate a game. They usually have SAMPLE or VOID printed on the back of the ticket. Many countries outside of the United States use the term specimen rather than sample/void.

Ticket Sets
Many tickets are issued in sets that are prized by collectors. The GLCS considers a set to be tickets that are issued starting on the same date and alternating designs on a roll. Man y times the tickets are different only in background color or other minor changes. In other cases (as above) there are many colorful, and frequently educational, designs in a ticket set.
Continuous Ticket Sets
Continuous sets are probably the most interesting. Here, the lottery agency has commissioned a series of tickets where the design runs from one ticket to another. They are arranged in a particular order to make up the complete set design. Very prized by collectors!
Pull tabs/Pop ups
These are instant lottery tickets that have paper tabs to pull up instead of latex covering a play area. A few of the U.S. lotteries still offer these for sale to the public. Other lotteries offer non-profit charities these tickets to sell at their fund raising events.
Lotto Tickets
These are tickets for which a drawing is held and a certain number or set of numbers determine the winners. In the United States in the 1970's and 1980's "passive draw" tickets were colorful and attractive. Most of the games nowadays are on-line computer generated games and usually all of the lotteries on-line games are printed on the same paper. Players can fill out bet slips/play slips for multiple draws or a certain set of numbers. The bet slips usually have the lotteries name and a colorful game logo on them. These bet slips are also collected.
Ticket display placards
Placards are those cardboard pieces,
about 6x8 inches in size or larger,
that are displayed on top of
a cash register, lottery stand,
or near the counter where
tickets are sold at a retailer.

Usually these pieces of memorabilia
are thrown out by the lottery retailers.
But the diligent collectors build
relationships with lottery agencies
and pick them up !
Lotology collectibles

There are a lot more than tickets to collect !
Retailers and agencies hand out keychain ticket scratchers,
how to play pamphlets, lapel pins, T shirts, playing cards, posters,
signs....and many more examples of lottery marketing materials !

From the collection of Roberta Simmonson GLCS #756
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