California lottery rolls out Raiders Scratchers

The California Lottery today announced it’s teaming up with the Oakland Raiders to present a new Scratchers ticket.

Players scratch off the 12 helmets on the ticket, which features the Raiders logo and a picture of Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, to see if they have won cash prizes of up to $20,000. Tickets that aren’t instant cash winners can be entered on the Lottery’s Replay Program website from Sept. 3 through Nov. 28 for a second opportunity to win prizes such as 2011 season tickets, a trip for two to the 2011 NFL Draft, VIP road trips, luxury suites at the Coliseum, tailgate parties, trips to the Raiders’ training camp, dinner with “a Raiders legend,” and jerseys and helmets signed by current players.

“This partnership brings together two organizations with a great track record of achieving a common goal: entertaining their fans,” Lottery Director Joan Borucki said at the annual Raider Nation Celebration today in Oakland. “It also gives fans of pro football and the Lottery another reason to get excited about the upcoming season.”

Said Oakland Raiders CEO Amy Trask: “We are delighted to work with the California Lottery and we are thrilled that Raider fans now have an exciting, enjoyable manner to participate in the Lottery, while showing passion for the Silver and Black.”

Lest those who wear the Silver and Black feel too special, similar rollouts were announced earlier this week for the San Diego Chargers and the San Francisco 49ers.

And I assume I need not remind anyone here that the chances of winning anything significant are pretty small, like any other lottery game. But at least some of your money goes to a good cause: the California State Lottery Act provides that at least 34 percent of Lottery revenues must go to public education, so since 2000, Lottery players have contributed $1 billion to public schools each year.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • John W. Vile

    Hmmm… now we are creating future gamblers from sports fans of which many are kids then what?

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    Great idea! And how about a bonus card for ex-convicts who haven’t re-offended?

  • TAK

    I wanna know how to order them from a different state??? I’m a Raiders fan and I think it would be cool to have one of those scratch off’s just to keep for sentimental purposes. Of course I’d scratch it to see if I’d win. I would love to win the dinner with a legend, preferably Jeff Hostetler. 🙂

  • Ralph Hoffmann

    Football Season’s over. We’re into hockey and bucket ball.