Scratch off: West Virginia

Added on by Nathan Hoang.
In front of the West Virginia Capitol, next to the statue of Abraham Lincoln

In front of the West Virginia Capitol, next to the statue of Abraham Lincoln

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