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OKLAHOMA LOTTERY LAUNCH A SUCCESS
Ticket sales brisk across the state

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - October 12, 2005

Enthusiastic lottery players throughout the state began purchasing Oklahoma Lottery instant scratch-off tickets at 5:01 a.m. Central Time today, officially making it among the fastest and most-effective lottery start-ups in U.S. history.

By the time the first four instant games went on sale, the Lottery had shipped tickets with a retail value of $21.5 million to nearly 1,200 retail outlets in virtually every county in the state.

Retailers reported brisk sales during the first hours following kickoff. The first instant scratch-off winner in the amount of $2 was cashed at 5:07 a.m. Central Time at Conoco #28 in Enid.

In a 90-minute period beginning at 1:30 p.m., the Lottery’s first big winners stepped forward to claim their top prizes. Each of three Oklahomans won $777 in the $1 Lucky 7’s game. Their names and city of residence are as follows:

Player Name
City of Residence
Ellen "Kathy" Kirkpatrick
Oklahoma City
Gracie Morris
Bristow
Michael May
Oklahoma City

Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery, said ticket sales throughout the day have been strong statewide and that players already are winning and redeeming prizes.

In the first 10 hours (5 a.m. to 3 p.m.), first-day lottery sales had exceeded $2.207 million, based on ticket activations. Ticket activations mean all packs of instant lottery scratch-off tickets received and “activated” (or made “live”) by the retailer. Each pack has a $300 value and retailers activate them as they begin to sell the game.

“This is an historic day for Oklahoma and a great day for education in our state,” said Scroggins. “Earlier today I personally visited lottery retailers in Oklahoma City and they told me that they had more people in their stores today than they had ever had before. They also expressed appreciation for bringing the lottery to Oklahoma.”

Scroggins commended Gov. Henry, Oklahoma Lottery Commissioners, Lottery employees and Lottery retailer and vendor partners for a successful start-up. “Everyone involved should be proud of how much they’ve accomplished in a short period of time,” he said.

Players and retailers can find more information on the Oklahoma Lottery at http://www.lottery.ok.gov. Additionally, players with questions can call the Lottery’s Player Hotline at 1-888-PLAYOLC. Retailers can call the Retailer Hotline at 1-866-369-4925.


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