We’ve received some inquiries from players in the last few days who wondered where they could find their favorite holiday-themed scratch game from this past season. The short answer is that sales in our holiday scratch games have ended to make room for new tickets.
As part of our standard procedures, we end sales in our scratch and pull-tab games for a few different reasons, one of which is when the last top prize in a game has been claimed. We don’t want a game on the market if you don’t still have the chance to win its top prize!
In any given year, we also will have specially-themed games -- like our holiday games -- that are only set to run for a short period of time. Our holiday games come off the market in early January each year because it just doesn’t make sense to keep selling them once the holidays have passed. That would be like selling a snow-themed game in July!
We have dozens of games for sale at any one time, but there are only so many spots available for them in our vending machines and ticket dispensers. That means some retail locations simply don’t have enough room for all the games that are out there, so the store can decide which games it wants to sell.
We’ve also heard from some players recently who asked why we stopped selling our holiday games before the entry period for our Jingle Bills promotion had ended. We have a holiday promotion each year, and this time around, we extended the entry deadline to give players more time to enter their tickets. We know that the holiday season is a busy time for everyone and we’ve heard from players in the past who said they’d like a few extra days to catch their breath and enter their tickets.
We do our best to respond to player inquiries and make adjustments to our procedures whenever we can if taking that step will help.
By the way, we just conducted the final drawings in our Jingle Bills promotion on Wednesday and the winners are posted on our website. Thanks for playing and congratulations to all the winners!