Every time a bell rings…

…the Iowa Lottery gets two bucks. From the lottery:

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Lottery is celebrating the classic movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” starring Jimmy Stewart and Iowa’s own Donna Reed with a new instant-scratch game and a contest that gives you the chance to win prizes by giving your best impression of the holiday film’s lead characters.

The lottery has partnered with the Donna Reed Foundation in Denison in issuing the $2 “It’s A Wonderful Life” scratch game and organizing a George and Mary Bailey look-alike contest.

Iowa Lottery Acting CEO Ken Brickman said that the lottery is proud to recognize one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed actors and celebrate a holiday classic.

“Donna Reed and ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ continue to be enduring icons that symbolize not only Iowa, but American values and traditions,” he said. “We’re proud to bring this holiday fun to our state.”

 Remember, no man is a failure who has friends…or who wins up to $10,000 instantly! Just don’t let that forgetful Uncle Willy take your winning ticket to lottery headquarters. Might lose it.

Is it just me, or does a lottery ticket commemorating a movie that depicts how character, generosity and friendship are more important than money seem a little odd? Maybe a game in which players can win enough cash to last them “From Here to Eternity” will be next.

Oh well, the state makes some much-needed revenue, the Donna Reed Foundation gets some good publicity and Iowans get to have more lottery “fun.” Who am I to complain?

The tickets will be available at your local lottery retailer, including The Emporium in Pottersville. And remember, you can’t become “the richest man in town” if you don’t play!



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4 responses to “Every time a bell rings…

  1. Deb

    What are you saying? Are you suggesting you don’t think the lottery is an “enduring icon that symbolizes not only Iowa, but American values and traditions…” ???
    How sad, that we’ve come to this point…All the more reason to never buy a lottery ticket.

  2. wpusername1

    Agreed. The lotterey needs to either be abolished, or completely deregulated. The state should not have a monopoly on such traditional American values and traditions.

    (Oh, and our legislators should listen to the State Auditor. He’s been trying to tell them to cut the budget for years now, but the good little Democrats don’t like hearing that, they just want to raise more revenue any way possible so they can spend it.)

  3. Rob

    We should be able to come up w/ some great quotes that play into this mix-a-roo that they can use in this promotion. How about starting with:

    “Everytime a bell rings, another sap swears that they’ll never waste another dollar buying a lottery ticket ever again.”

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