July 31, 2006
New Game Offers Chance To Win Seat At World Poker Tour Tournament
The Missouri Lottery has a new poker-style Scratchers game called "Texas Hold ’Em™ Poker," and this game offers players a chance to enter their non-winning tickets into one of three drawings to win a seat at a World Poker Tour® tournament of the winner’s choice in the United States. The $5 game officially goes on sale on Aug. 5.
"Our first game that played like poker offered a top prize of $100,000," said Bill Burton, instant product manager for the Missouri Lottery. "That game, which started in January, was very popular with both existing and new players. So to make the next game even better, we decided that in addition to a $100,000 top prize, we would offer a drawing for a chance to www.molottery.cwin a seat at an actual World Poker Tour tournament. We think players will be excited to get a chance to play poker in a professional setting, complete with a trip for two."
Burton noted that there will be three drawings; in each drawing, the Lottery will award one trip to a tournament and 100 official merchandise packages. The trip prize includes one entry into a World Poker Tour tournament event, including a maximum of $10,000 "buy-in," round-trip airfare and transfers for two, six night’s hotel accommodations, $1,000 spending cash and seats to watch the final table of that World Poker Tour tournament. The Lottery will also pay standard state and federal withholding taxes on the trip packages.
"If the player doesn’t want to go to a tournament, he or she can take the cash value of the prize which is $15,011," said Burton. "We think most winners will choose to play at a tournament, since it is such a unique opportunity."
The merchandise package consists of a quad-folding poker game table top, a wheeling cooler bag, a 300-chip poker set, a fleece throw, sunglasses, tumblers and a clock.
The first drawing will be held on Oct. 11, and the second one will be held Dec. 13. The third drawing date will be announced at a later date via news release and at www.molottery.com.