Oklahomans take chances on new lottery

Wednesday, October 12th 2005, 10:06 am
By: News On 6

Oklahoma's new lottery kicked off Wednesday morning and based on the lines at Tulsa area stores, people are excited about it.

News on 6 reporter Omar Villafranca was at one Tulsa convenience store when the first tickets were sold in Tulsa.

Scratch-off ticket sales are humming, but there were some first day glitches. The tickets were supposed to go on sale at 5 AM Wednesday, but there was a delay at several stores. Once the tickets were properly folded, scanned and activated, sales took off.

Lines started forming shortly after 5 AM with people waiting to buy $1, $2 or $5 tickets. One Oklahoma store sold more than 600 tickets in two and a half hours. Prizes ranges from a free ticket, to $25,000.

Several players couldn't wait to get home; they scratched their tickets at the counter. Several people the News on 6 talked to say since the game is new, it's still fun. Tammy Livingston: "Yesterday at work we were all sitting around the table at lunch and they said, you know tomorrow the day? Yes, as soon as I wake up, and put my hair in a pony, I'm gone."

There are rules if you want to play. You have to be at least 18-years old and have a valid ID to prove it. And if you win, you can cash in your prize at the store up to a certain amount.