The West Virginian scratch-off instructions read, “Get two matching numbers and win that amount.”
I scratched off two “$100” and thought I was going to be in the positive for the rest of the trip. I could even spring for the $2 scratch-offs, if I wanted to. I wouldn’t, but I could.
I took it straight to the gas station to cash it in, the attendant scanned it once, scanned it twice and told me I didn’t win anything.
I reread the instructions and realized I have to scratch off two matching amounts AND the letter V (for veterans) to win.
It’s a good thing the “Scratch-Off Count” doesn’t calculate dignity.
Scratch-off Count: $1
States Scratched: 8