(Portsmouth, NH) – Portsmouth Brewery started selling 15,000 Kate the Great lotto tickets at 5:15pm on Friday. By Saturday at 2:55pm, the brewery had sold out of tickets.
As expected, feelings are mixed about the lottery. The odds of winning were 2 in 15. There were those that won big… “Would have been nice to shuffle them too…know 3 people who won 8+ out of 15!” And some that lost big… “0-for-30 last night and I gotta tell ya, I hadn’t felt that way since the pats lost the superbowl. what a bad night. it was a long hour trip back to Manchester…”
What wasn’t expected were questions around some tickets possibly being pre-scratched.
Alastair Hewitt posted the photo above on his Facebook page with the caption, “Classy one The Portsmouth Brewery – no luck with my pre-scratched Kate tickets!”
To which MetroWest Daily beer columnist responded, “I know someone who got 7 yesterday, and he said someone before him got all winners.”
Kungfu Mike posted, “I bought 10 tickets this morning that already had little scratches over the “Try Again” wording, as if somebody was looking for winners before the tickets were sold. I didn’t notice until I got home. Did anybody else notice this?”
Adam Hall posted, “I noticed the same thing on 4 or 5 of mine. Really tiny nicks, but just enough that I knew they were losers before I scratched. I also figured I was just being paranoid. Still not convinced otherwise.”
Ian T. Lane posted, “You can tell if the tix are winning or not without even scratching any of the silver off. The bottom of the underlying picture shows below the silver on all tickets. [...] Mostly dark edges and it’s a winner; mostly lighter edges and it’s a loser. Go and check the pictures of the tickets right here on the FB profile to see for yourselves.”
Xenon Yuan posted, “noticed the same thing – thought i was being paranoid, but guess not. whatever the case may be, i think this year’s ‘scratch off material’ was of poor quality – it came off TOO EASILY. can we at least agree on that?”
Jared Lindros posted, “I saw many of my cards with a small scuff missing to show the try again red, at first I put it off to poor material, but after I noticed it was always in the same place I could tell something was going on.”
Mike Redmond posted, “I got one winning ticket out of 45. I was looking at how the spikey scratching area doesn’t really match with the picture behind it. If you know what the pictures behind look like, you can actually tell a winning ticket from a losing one without even scratching. Didn’t notice when I was scratching them, but I’m bummed either way!!”
Zoe Bonney posted, “Agree that it should be of better material. All ours were in the same area and over the red. I won’t go so far as to say that some questionable activity was going on, but better material next year might make us feel a little better about losing. Thanks for a 21:40 rush! We’ll be in line bright and early on the 5th. Cheers!”
In the 20 hours since the comments first surfaced, the brewery has not responded. They did just post the Sunday lunch specials, however.
The lottery ticket sales generated $30,000 which will all be donated to charity.