Lottery Tickets

A set of four hand-drawn “counterfeit” scratch-off lottery tickets. As a prize, each “Scratcher” has a unique message that pertains to the experiences and simple pleasures of the local community as told by residents and shop owners. Through short prose and drawn symbols, the scratch-off tickets direct the participant’s attention to local sites and people’s experiences in and around the neighborhood. These lottery tickets were given out for free with other Lottery purchases or upon request from liquor stores in Oakland’s Lake Merritt and Temescal districts, and San Francisco’s Mission and Western Addition districts. Each district has its own ticket design and eight unique “prizes.” The intention is to transform an instant of personal focus into a moment of contemplation about the local environment, community, and culture. The project was done in collaboration with Southern Exposure Gallery as part of their yearlong "Off-Site" programming in 2006.