Just in time for the New Orleans Saints preseason opener, the Louisiana Lottery has the cure for fans' football cravings —$5 SAINTS FEVER! — its seventh Saints-branded scratch-off game, which launches today. SAINTS FEVER! features three scenes emblazoned in shiny gold metallic ink, four top prizes of $100,000 plus the opportunity to enter nonwinning tickets into a series of second-chance drawings to win unique game-day prize experiences or official autographed Saints merchandise.
"This year's experience prizes include exclusive access to areas of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and game activities usually off-limits to fans," explained Lottery President Rose Hudson. "When players don't win an instant prize on SAINTS FEVER!, they can use it to enter their favorite second-chance drawing to win a one-of-a-kind experience."
Four second-chance drawings will involve a total of 31 winners. During the first three drawings, one winner will each receive a game-day prize package that includes four Plaza Club Sideline tickets to a designated Saints home game, four pregame field passes, one night hotel accommodation (two rooms) and $500 spending cash. Also in each of the first three drawings, nine finalists will receive an official autographed Saints jersey, football or helmet. The type of experience prize won depends upon the drawing entry period.
Entries received from now until Sept. 2 give participants a chance to win the 2015 Saints Tunnel Team Experience Prize Package, which will put the winner and three guests on the field as the Saints come marching into the Superdome ahead of the Sept. 20 game against Tampa Bay. The package also includes a parking pass.
Entries received from Sept. 3 to Oct. 12 will be eligible to win the 2015 Deluxe Fan Experience Package including limousine transportation to and from the Nov. 1 game against New York for the winner and three guests, a pregame meet-and-greet session with a Saints legend, plus four authentic Saints jerseys to declare their spirit.
Entries received from Oct. 13 to Nov. 16 give participants a chance to win the 2015 Saints Behind the Scenes Game Day Experience with a tour of the press box for the winner and three guests. The package also includes access to the post-game press conference with players and coaches after watching the Saints take on Carolina Dec. 6, as well as a parking pass.
Entries received after Nov. 16 until the to-be-announced deadline will be eligible to win a Saints 2016 Season Prize Package, including four Plaza Sideline tickets for the 2016 football season, four pregame field passes for every home game, a 2016 parking pass and a VIP tour of the Saints practice facility. The winner and three guests will receive round-trip limo service to the facility in Metairie (or overnight accommodations if the distance exceeds 75 miles) where they will also view a team practice and have lunch in the team cafeteria.
"As a longtime corporate partner of the New Orleans Saints, the Louisiana Lottery knows what Saints fever is all about through the quality of its branded scratch-off and related second-chance prizes," said New Orleans Saints President Dennis Lauscha. "This game really lives up to its name!"
To enter the second-chance drawings, players should complete the information on the back of nonwinning $5 SAINTS FEVER! scratch-off tickets and mail one ticket per envelope (no larger than 4.5" by 9.5") to the drawing address printed on the back of the ticket. Players can enter as many times as they wish, but each entry should be mailed in a separate envelope.
The Lottery printed 1.2 million tickets, and approximate overall odds of winning an instant prize on the game are 1 in 3.96. Complete game and second-chance drawing entry rules can be found on the Lottery's website, www.louisianalottery.com/saints-fever. Lottery ticket purchasers and second-chance drawing entrants must be at least 21 years of age. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help is available by calling 1-877-770-7867. For security purposes, the Lottery encourages players to sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing.
(Louisiana Lottery SAINTS 2015 Season Prize Package winner Judy Joseph (second from right), her husband Miles, sister Cynthia Moncriffe and cousin Barbara Spencer enjoy a VIP tour of the Saints practice facility during the team's June 17 mini-camp. The Lottery's newest Saints-branded scratch-off SAINTS FEVER offers a similar second-chance package for the 2016 season.)