I find myself increasingly dumbfounded by the sheer quantity of crossover merchandising lately, and this is coming from someone who owns an entire Angry Birds bathroom set... However, this latest discovery definitely takes the "Wow, so this exists" cake. This afternoon I "played" a $2.00 Plants vs. Zombies themed Illinois scratch off lottery ticket. Yes, this is a real thing.


Unfortunately, there's no PvZ flavor to it aside from the actual art and branding of the ticket. All you do is scratch off the sunflower numbers, try to match the zombie numbers, then belt out the inevitable "WELP!" when you don't. It's sort of interesting to see a mobile game available as a lottery ticket, as there's been quite a bit of talk around the internet water cooler about how various IAP schemes feel like gambling and potentially exploit the same mental triggers that makes gambling so appealing... Except this is actually gambling.

Even more amusing, though, is that you could just buy Plants vs. Zombies [$0.99] and download Plants vs. Zombies 2 [Free] and still be a buck ahead compared to picking up one of these scratchers. Sure, you won't win "up to" $20,000... But, I can promise you'll have a better time.

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  • nini

    I like your dedication, Eli.

  • JJE McManus

    You didn't win?
    This is my surprised face.

  • lr1919

    Still more fun than grinding your way through Plants vs Zombies 2.

    • sbnewsom

      Because that's so different from the first game?

      • lr1919

        Actually, yes it is. No grinding needed in the first one.

  • witedahlia

    I like that you own an Angry Birds bathroom set.

  • C. Stubb

    Only here in Illinois...

    • smes3817

      ...and Massachusetts

      • MkRwilliams

        Man, God Bless America

  • ImJPaul

    The real question is WHY do you own an angry birds shower set?! Haha

  • henrik comolli

    Better luck next time....M­A­X­52.c­o­m

  • Rob Johnson

    You Yanks get all the cool game swag, I wish we had these in England!

  • whitestatic

    That's what I call an "in app purchase!"

    Hey oh. I'm here all week folks. Try the veal.

    • Dixon Koontz

      Why do you call it that?

  • Mike Villeneuve

    The ladies must totally dig the Angry Birds bathroom set Eli.

  • mmmpie

    I saw a plants v zombies video poker machine in vegas. Disappointingly PvZ skills did not help, I lost a dollar.

    • MkRwilliams

      i need a dollar, a dollar
      a dollar is what i need

  • HalfLucifer

    You should try 20,000 more tickets then you'll be THE winner.

  • MkRwilliams

    😀 GENIUS! 😀

  • praxcelis

    Isn't it more of an ad for PvZ than a PvZ game?

  • RelientKSoCal

    Am I wrong, or is the bottom row, second from the left zombie not in the actual game? Hmm...

  • shidokan57

    I played and also lost:(

  • phonecats

    okay who can imagine the one that gameloft would make?

    it would be all about you losing, then paying for another chance, only to lose again.

    wait, i just invented publishers clearing house....

  • Gwyddyon

    I dunno where you've been, but we had these in New Hampshire at least 6 months, if not a year ago. I don't think they've been in constant circulation, but they were there (and might be back now).

  • rewyan

    Our society is falling apart.