"Scratch-and-lose" tickets pay off early for Pats fans

The New England Patriots announced on Wednesday that, lo and behold, the first week of the lottery ticket partnership between the Pats and the Massachusetts State Lottery resulted in not one but two $1 million winners.

So much for “scratch-and-lose.”

But, obviously, that’s what the powers-that-be want people to think.  Because they want people to keep buying the tickets. 

Why else would the Patriots send out a press release announcing that the two winners, “who each have an interesting story,” would be available to the media prior to Thursday night’s preseason game at Gillette Stadium?

One winner is Scott Hoyt, a member of the Air Force reserves and 29-year military veteran.  (In other words, a real-life Patriot.) 

This has
been incredible
,” Hoyt said Thursday, per NESN.com.  “I
bought the Patriots ticket as soon as it came out.  I actually won $1
million and $35.  Three other tickets were winners too.”

The other winner was Derrick Gorman, a factory plant manager who was scheduled to be laid off from his job, and who was facing the dilemma of moving his family to Illinois and finding gainful employment or receiving unemployment benefits in three weeks.  (They apparently left out the part about Gorman’s 10-year-old daughter suggesting that he buy the ticket.)

“I really didn’t want to
relocate the family to Illinois.  My wallet told me to go, but my gut
told me to stay,” Gorman said.  “I just got off the phone with my boss
and told him that we wouldn’t be going.  We own our house and I’ve lived
here all my life.  This is a huge relief for my family.”

He also said he didn’t buy the ticket because he’s a regular lottery player (i.e., irresponsible squanderer of his kids’ college funds), but because he’s a true Patriots fan.

“I
enjoy the Patriots and I saw the ticket and it was something new,” Gorman
said. “I grew up when the Patriots weren’t even on TV.  I’d hear my
father swearing because the games would be blacked out.”

I’m tempted to apologize for being so cynical about the marketing ploy disguised as human interest stories, but it’s pretty darn obvious what’s going on.  Willie Wonka deliberately slipped two Golden Tickets into the first batch of chocolate-free chocolate bars, and the goal is to get every other Scott Hoyt and Derrick Gorman to crack open their piggy banks in the hopes of being the next person who’ll get a shot at guzzling Fizzy Lifting Drink.

Or, even better, to win $1 million.

Which, of course, never really is $1 million.  It’s either a 20-year annuity payment of $50,000 per year or a lump sum of $650,000.  Hoyt and Gorman took the latter, which while not chump change isn’t nearly as sexy as winning a cool million.

And that’s not even taking into account the cut that goes to the ultimate Patriot, Uncle Sam.

54 responses to “"Scratch-and-lose" tickets pay off early for Pats fans

  1. Of course, they never tell the stories of the people who are in the same position as Gorman, use the gas money to buy tickets and get nothing.

  2. Wow Florio whats the deal with you being so cynical.
    Lately you’re like a movie/food critic that writes about how everything sucks. Perhaps these people just got lucky. I know a bunch of people that play those stupid scratch tickets a win, just because you a a loser ( in scratch tickets) doesn’t mean that it’s impossible for others to win. Maybe you should read that book “the secret” about how your attitude dictates your “luck”

  3. Ahh, Florio tees another Patriots “story” up for all the haters to pounce on.
    Over under on comments for this post=50
    I’ll take the over, please.

  4. “I enjoy the Patriots and I saw the ticket and it was something new,” Gorman said. “I grew up when the Patriots weren’t even on TV. I’d hear my father swearing because the games would be blacked out.”
    =====================================
    That would be anytime before 2001 – you bunch of bandwagon losers. God, I hate the Patriots and their queer fans.

  5. Florio, I’m as cynical as the next guy, but are you actually suggesting that these two guys are plants? It’s one thing to say that they deliberately made available two $1M tickets in the first batch – it’s another thing entirely to suggest that the two winners were pre-planned by the Patriots. I believe that would be criminal, no? You’re the lawyer.

  6. What would the taxes be on winning that kind of money in the US? In Canada, they don’t tax lottery winnings.

  7. Know whats kinda screwed up? This guy with the kids that knew he was about to get laid off blew some money on scratch cards. I know, it worked out very well for him but for every guy staring down unemployment that blows precious money on a scratch card and wins there’s a million just like him that lose.
    I know if I was about to lose my job I sure as hell wouldn’t be wasting money on the lotto.

  8. “Old men start wars for young dudes to DIE in,
    Madison Avenue tellin you what you should be buyin.
    Religion and science always profess peace, but in the end- WHO created the deadly war machine
    SOCIETY IS BRAINWASHED”

  9. Quit it with your old lame-ass cheating jokes. If you idiots actually knew the rule you would know it wasn’t “cheating.”

  10. It will later come out that the two million dollar winners had video cameras hidden at the ticket printing plant.

  11. I think I would take the 50,000 a year for the next 20 years. Thats some sweet job security right there.

  12. Ahh, Florio tees another Patriots “story” up for all the haters to pounce on. …
    Well, he is trying to make a living off of this site, and the more hits he gets on the site, the better his living will be. He knows that posting Pats related stories on any topic, no matter how mundane, will at least keep plenty of Pats envyers dropping by to hate on the Pats. So, it is one marketing ploy that is clearly working. Sure Florio can be a douche, like us all, but he is still a pretty bright guy.

  13. @wemissyoudan: please show me a team who’s fan base has not increased with success? I have always found it curious that people like you (perhaps an overstatement there)think “bandwagon fans” are such a terrible thing and bothered by it. It strikes me as a very normal and natural occurrence. On the other hand, seeing Jets fans wearing #4 Favre shirts last year and talking crap about how great he was…simply embarrassing.

  14. WeMissYouDan says:
    That would be anytime before 2001 – you bunch of bandwagon losers. God, I hate the Patriots and their queer fans.
    ^^^^^
    Funny, those “bandwagon fans” you mention have taken over your stadium every year as long as I can remember, which goes back to the 1985 AFC Championship game.
    Also funny, because Pats fans don’t give a flying f*ck about the Dolphins- or their fans. Before or after 2001.
    Jealous much?

  15. I’m gay for patriots, are you serious??? “Quit it with your old lame-ass cheating jokes” Are you gonna take your toys and go home too? What rule allows you to video tape an opposing team????

  16. -“I enjoy the Patriots and I saw the ticket and it was something new,” Gorman said. “I grew up when the Patriots weren’t even on TV. I’d hear my father swearing because the games would be blacked out.”-
    ——————————————————
    I grew up on the other side of the state, so I got to hear my father swearing because he got to watch them play. (late 80s/early 90s)

  17. Flyingelvislogosucksbringbackpatpatriot: No. The $1M is $50k/yr over 20 years. To take it all now, you get $650k.
    Don’t forget, these are also $5 tickets.

  18. “I’m tempted to apologize for being so cynical…”
    You are still a lawyer after all.
    While this site offers some unique inside insight about the NFL and occassionally scoops other sites for news gems, it has two strong points 1- a clearing house of info (PFT generated or otherwise) and 2- Florio’s always opionated and ocassionally outrageous takes on issues.
    Why become PC when it has gotten you national interest?

  19. CapsLockKey says:
    It will later come out that the two million dollar winners had video cameras hidden at the ticket printing plant.
    ^^^^^
    You know, for all the PFTers who say Florio beats dead horses to a bloody pulp Re: Brent Favre and Ron the Dog Drowner…Florio has nothing on the Patriots “videocamera”, “Cheatriots”, “Belicheat”dead horse desecraters.
    Really, you out yourself for little you know about football when you continually cry about this.

  20. Kraft is an arrogant, deplorable, greedy scumbag!!!
    __________________________________
    I♥Patriots says:
    Quit it with your old lame-ass cheating jokes. If you idiots actually knew the rule you would know it wasn’t “cheating.”
    Cheating Cheater Cheatriots…how’s that???
    ________________________________________________
    Common Sense says:
    I’m gay for patriots, are you serious??? “Quit it with your old lame-ass cheating jokes” Are you gonna take your toys and go home too? What rule allows you to video tape an opposing team????
    LMMFAO……bwhahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

  21. “That would be anytime before 2001 – you bunch of bandwagon losers.”
    It’s highly amusing how teams that WERE successful, in previous years, had a bunch of their fans jump OFF the bandwagon once they started losing. It goes both ways.

  22. Common sense…I am guessing you are a Steeler fan, but NFL rules state “no video recording devices of any kind are permitted to be in use in the coaches’ booth, on the field, or in the locker room during the game.” They also say all video for coaching purposes must be shot from locations “enclosed on all sides with a roof overhead.” So “my interpretation of the rule” is that the press box is probably ok. I know we taped from an illegal location. That much has been established.
    http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/sports/20080511_NFL_DOCUMENTS.pdf
    If you read the whole thing you will see part E on page A 106 even talks about taping the down and distance, which all the haters made such a big deal about when the Matt Walsh tapes came out.
    There was no benefit from the tapes. We have a better record after the incident than before it. Besides, spying has been going on since the beginning of football. All teams either change their signals or have another coach calling fake ones. They could never have time to interpret the signals in the 15 minutes at halftime. By the time the two teams meet again, I would be pretty sure that the signals are different.

  23. @Common Sense:
    “In the NFL’s operations manual, it states that all video shooting locations for coaching purposes “must be enclosed on all sides with a roof overhead.””
    -per Mike Reiss: http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/
    Teams are absolutely allowed to videotape opposing teams.
    If they couldn’t videotape opposing teams, where would they get game tape?
    So now you can tuck your tail and crawl back under your rock until you see another opportunity to whip out your well-thought out quip of “cheeterz!”.

  24. SixBurghDude says…
    Cheating Cheater Cheatriots…how’s that???

    That would be immature and ignorant even if it was not coming from a fan of a team that famously, grossly, and tragically abused steroids while they were winning their first four Super Bowls.

  25. Last I checked all the Patriots are men (cue the Tom Brady is gay, a woman etc. jokes) and I am not a man. So if that makes me gay, so be it. Women are allowed to like football too, and no that doesn’t make me a big, ugly lesbian.

  26. As a vendor of Mass Lottery instant tickets, I can assure you that these are not plants. The Mass Lottery is independently audited to assure that instant tickets are sufficiently randomized. As one of the most successful lotteries in the US, I’m sure that the lottery wouldn’t jeapordize their flourishing business for something as trivial as this.
    First of all, 2 million tickets were sold in the first week of the Patriots ticket. Two jackpots being won is not shocking.
    Second, the fact that the two winners make good stories shouldn’t be shocking. You’re not hearing “millionaire real estate mogul gets even richer” because most affluent people do not play the lottery.

  27. Keep telling yourselves it wasn’t cheating, maybe that will get your draft pick back and the money they fined you for CHEATING!!!! No i’m not a steelers fan, and who let women on this site?

  28. Dawn says: It goes both ways.
    —————————————-
    What a coincidence, that is just like “SixBurghDude” and “Common Sense”. (the both ways being in AND out).

  29. in the mining industry,this is called salting the mine.
    the winning tickets are pure show.

  30. hahaha, the Bengals are doing this same thing….only the top prize is 100K….I guess ol’ MikeyBoy is going to pocket that additional 900K for his super outstanding GM bonus…..

  31. @ whywerule…BECAUSEYOUCHEAT
    btw, you need to add a -d- to the end of your username, because you don’t rule shit son!

  32. WeMissYouDan-
    Moron, the Pats have sold out every game since the start of the 1994 season. Another assclown idiot.
    The other shallow minded that just can’t be more creative than the worn out “cheating” statements-
    Are you all really that stupid that you think your team didn’t do the same? It was reported by several ex-coaches that the behavior was status quo. Mangina made the stink because he is a proven assclown. And BTW, that fiasco began the 18-1 league stomping after the fact.
    Hahaha, you whining pussies….thank god you exist or guys like me wouldn’t have desperate wives needing real men to tap them.

  33. The “Patriots CHEATED!!” thing is getting SOOOOO old it’s ridiculous. Get over it.
    It wasn’t nearly as big a deal as people made it out to be. These are NFL teams. They don’t even use the same signals from game to game, ESPECIALLY oif they’re going to play the team again! How do you reckon taping hand signals from games helped the Patriots so much?
    Even after the Patriots went 18-1 PRIOR to all the allegations, people still think their success is due to “cheating”. Sounds like people that just have their panties in a bunch because their team sucks and/or the Patriots dominate them on a consistent basis.
    And I’m not even a Patriots fan.
    . . . .
    But seriously, who let women on PFT?

  34. You’re really gonna crap all over winning $650,000 cash?
    What’s it like, to be so rich that 650Gs is “GOOD, but just not good enough”?

  35. hayward giablommi says: August 21, 2009 11:46 AM
    Funny, those “bandwagon fans” you mention have taken over your stadium every year as long as I can remember, which goes back to the 1985 AFC Championship game.
    Also funny, because Pats fans don’t give a flying f*ck about the Dolphins- or their fans. Before or after 2001.
    Jealous much?
    ====================================
    Maybe a little…

  36. tj.52 says:
    Dawn says: It goes both ways.
    What a coincidence, that is just like “SixBurghDude” and “Common Sense”. (the both ways being in AND out).
    _______________________________________________________
    Only when its in AND out of your mama’s DeweyAxewound or her PieHole, but more often than not it’s BOTH!!!

  37. @ WeMissYouDan:
    Well, even though I obviously disagree with much of what you post here, your honesty is refreshing.
    @ Common Sense
    You clearly fail to realize….Pats fans don’t care about you cries of “cheaters”.
    We, and most rational NFL fans think you are IDIOTS who don’t know anything about football, so you simply choose to rationalize your teams failures by attempting to discredit the Pats accomplishments.
    Pathetic.

  38. Wow I said “PRIOR” when that should have read “SUBSEQUENT”. Ha, well there goes my credibility for that post.

  39. @ hayward giablommi/Douche: “You clearly fail to realize….Pats fans don’t care about you cries of “cheaters”. ”
    Sure they don’t care, that’s why they keep posting replies telling us to stop calling them cheaters. If they don’t care then don’t reply, it’s not that hard(that’s what she said) What’s wrong with riling up a few bitchy fans, I could care less if they cheated, i just like to see them whine about it, god knows with all their accomplishments lately they don’t have much to whine about so i find it my job to give them some.

  40. “Hahaha, you whining pussies….thank god you exist or guys like me wouldn’t have desperate wives needing real men to tap them.”
    ====================================
    I’m sure you’d rationalize that by saying everyone else is doing it, so why not? That quote right there just proves you to be a total sack of $h!t.

  41. @ Common Sense:
    So…you don’t know anything about football…you come on here and just try rile people up and talk shit.
    Impressive, your even more useless than I gave you credit for.

  42. Since most people including Florio have no clue how the Mass lottery works. Here ya go, they only make up one batch of tickets and only 2 people know where the winners are and neither one can get in the info with out the other. To say this would be a plant, the Mass lottery would not dare risk that what so ever. 2 big jackpot winners always happen in the same week.

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