BOISE, Idaho ÔÇô Hundreds of thousands of star gazers across Idaho will turn their attention towards the heavens on Monday, August 21, 2017 to witness a once-in-a-lifetime cosmic phenomenon ÔÇô a total solar eclipse. With Idaho serving as one of the best viewing places in America to witness this celestial showpiece, the Idaho Lottery has caught a little "solar eclipse fever" and is commemorating the event with an out of this world Scratch Game called Eclipse Cash.
"The Idaho Lottery is always working to stay topically relevant to what's taking place in and around Idaho," said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. "Eclipse Cash is a thematically timely ticket that will capture the significance of this historic event that last occurred in Idaho a century ago."
With the solar eclipse only four months away, the Idaho Lottery launched Eclipse Cash on Monday, April 17, 2017. The $5 game itself dazzles like the Milky Way on a clear, warm summer night and carries two astronomic top prizes of $50,000. The game ticket artwork features twinkling stars and moons in the twenty phases of the solar eclipse that reveal winning numbers and prizes. There are a total of 487,650 tickets printed in the game.
To produce the starlight and moon effects on the ticket, the Idaho Lottery utilized Scratch Game printer Pollard Banknote Limited's Scratch FX┬« to produce the star field array. The game was printed in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
In late spring and through the summer, players who make qualified purchases of Eclipse Cash from the Idaho Lottery's Wooh Crew at their public events will have the chance to receive special glasses for viewing the eclipse from areas not completely in the shadow of the moon.
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