FOUND: Many False Alarms

Found: The Shoegazer has been stymied before, thinking he has found money or valuables on the ground, only to have it not be so.  Some incidents, such as the discovery of a quarter glued to the pavement, have been attributed to the anonymous and nefarious figure dubbed The Mad Gluer.  On several occasions, fake money has turned up on the ground – some fake bills are easier to differentiate than others.

But recently, it’s not The Mad Gluer who has been hoodwinking The Shoegazer – it’s the Massachusetts Lottery, which has recently unveiled a new $1 scratch ticket called “The Money Game”.  The game is played by scratching the play area in the hopes of revealing a “money bag” symbol and winning the prize amount associated with said sack.  The ticket itself, pictured below, bears more than a passing resemblance to US currency.  Although quite a bit smaller, the color and design of the ticket are enough to fool an eye scanning downward for cash.

Against his better judgement, The Shoegazer purchased one of these tickets.  With overall odds of winning at 1 in 4.86 tickets, The Shoegazer fully intended to lose and use the ticket for this blog.  While it would’ve made for a nice story if the ticket yielded a win, The Shoegazer was successful in acquiring his losing ticket on the first try.  And with 25,000,000 of these suckers being printed, it seems that currency-esque scratch tickets on the ground will continue to be a problem for some time to come.

A losing ticket from The Money Game - the game apparently being "Fool The Shoegazer"

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