FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Chuck Baumann
Salem, Ore. -
Lottery players now get a second attempt to win with new Second Chance Drawings from the Oregon Lottery. Starting today, registered players can enter their eligible non-winning Scratch-itSM tickets in online drawings for another opportunity to win cash prizes.
In the past, the Lottery has offered occasional Second Chance Drawings in an online format. Now the Lottery will hold Second Chance Drawings on a consistent monthly basis, with the first drawing and announcement of winning entries scheduled for March 27, 2013.
“By giving players a ‘second chance’ to win, we are adding value to their Scratch-it purchase and creating a new approach for a popular, long-time Lottery product,” said Lottery Director Larry Niswender. “Conducting the drawings online will allow us to more easily interact with our customers and to maintain the Oregon Lottery brand in a contemporary manner.”
Second Chance Drawings are not online gambling. Players cannot purchase Scratch-it tickets online. All purchases of Lottery products must take place at an authorized lottery retailer.
In designing Second Chance Drawings, Lottery officials actively sought input from responsible gambling advocates, state legislators and the public. To limit participation to adults, best-in-class age-verification technology ensures that no one under age 18 can register or log in at the web page. Information about gambling addiction and treatment is prominently displayed. And the page enforces daily limits on the number of tickets a player can enter.
“The More Ways to Win web page provides an exciting new opportunity to educate players about responsible gambling and the help that is available to problem gamblers and their families,” said Dr. Jeff Marotta, owner of Problem Gambling Solutions, Inc. and a member of the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling, who consults for the Lottery on its responsible gambling efforts.
“While the vast majority of Scratch-it players are not problem gamblers, most problem gamblers play traditional lottery games. I am hopeful visitors to this web page will take advantage of the easy to find ‘Responsible Gambling’ and 1-877-MY-LIMIT links, learn new strategies to keep gambling fun, and discover resources for problem gamblers and their families,” Marotta said.
Scratch-it games that are eligible for Second Chance Drawings include some — but not all – Scratch-it games that have been on the market since 2010. To register for drawings and to view a list of eligible games, players click on the “More Ways to Win” tab on the Lottery home page at www.oregonlottery.org
. After successfully registering and logging in, players enter codes from their non-winning tickets to participate in the drawings.
“As Chair of the Oregon Lottery Commission, I feel strongly that we must balance the mandate to offer engaging products that raise needed revenue for Oregon schools, parks and other state programs, with the imperative to minimize harm related to problem gambling,” said Elisa Dozono, a Portland attorney appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber in Sept. 2012 to lead the five-person commission.
“I am satisfied that the new More Ways to Win web page and Second Chance Drawings strike that balance,” she said. “I’m confident that these efforts will add value to Scratch-it games, make them more fun for players, help them keep their play positive and provide help for those who need it.”
Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $8 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org