Guinness World Record Attempt!
Guinness World Record Attempt!
After waiting for six months for Guinness World Records to respond back to me, they did. I had requested a new category for collecting used lottery tickets which included both scratch-off tickets and draw tickets (Powerball, Keno, etc.). Apparently, they already have a category for scratch lotto tickets so they informed me that I could only collect scratch-off tickets. A man in Australia has collected over 300,000 scratch-off lottery tickets and holds the world record--for now.
Since I can only count the scratch-off tickets, now, I have around 25,000 tickets.
Can you as an individual or business help out? Yes! Please read on.
Publicity so far:
1. Television Interview: WLOS television station out of Asheville, NC (John Le was the interviewer and Matthew Yates was the photographer.)
2. Radio Interview: Somehow a Davenport, IA radio show heard about my attempt: Dwyer and Michaels Morning Radio Show (97X) out of Quad Cities in Davenport, IA!
Information about the scratch-off tickets:
1. The scratch-off tickets can be from any state or country.
2. The scratch-off tickets can be old; age doesn't matter.
***Would you like to help? There are many ways!***
1. Businesses: I'm willing to provide you with a notarized letter saying that the tickets are being collected for this project and every ticket will be shredded and recycled when the project is completed.
a. Need tickets saved. If you wish, your business name, address, website, and telephone number can be posted on this website so people know where to drop of their tickets. Or, if you'd rather, your business can remain anonymous. I just need the tickets.
b. Drop-Off Sites: Need businesses where people can drop off their tickets. If you offer to do this, then your business has to be listed. Right now you can drop off tickets in two towns:
Hendersonville, NC: Mr. Petes Market (Citgo) at
2650 Chimney Rock Road
Arden, NC: Market Center Express (Porsha is the Manager), 3715 Sweeten Creek Road
If you want to drop off tickets there, put them in ANY envelope or bag and mark: " For the Lottery Lady". Then Email me so I'll be sure to ask about it the next time I'm in their store.
Note to businesses who sell lottery tickets:
Once the tickets are validated and paid out, they are worthless; meaning they cannot be turned in again for payment. That means that they can be donated and I can still use them as part of my count. Like I mentioned earlier, I'm willing to provide you with a notarized letter saying that I'm using the scratch-off tickets for this project and in the notarized letter it will state that I'll give you $5,000 plus court fees if the tickets are sold. I'll never have to pay you since I'm just using the tickets for the Guinness World Record. Once this project is completed, the tickets will be shredded and recycled. (NC Lottery Office said that the tickets can be recycled.) What I do: Every ticket is dried out and bundled into same-sized tickets in bundles of 100 tickets. Then I box them up anywhere from 4,000 to 5,000 tickets per box depending on the size of the scratch-off tickets.
3. Individual Collections: Often individuals have a stack of losing tickets at their home, in their glove compartment, or in a drawer at work. It doesn't matter whether you donate one ticket or hundreds of tickets; all scratch-off tickets count and I'm grateful for each and every ticket. Remember, the scratch-off tickets can be from any state or country and it doesn't matter how old the scratch-off ticket is.
4. Storage Area: A locked storage area has been donated and I'm extremely grateful! This is an amazing development!!!
5. T-Shirts and/or magnetic banner for my vehicle: Need to have t-shirts designed and printed. Also need a magnetic banner that can be attached to my vehicle. If you wish to donate the designed, printed t-shirts and/or the magnetic banner, your business name, address, website, and telephone number will be posted on this website. You receive publicity on this website for the entire time I'm collecting the scratch-off tickets.
6. Rubber Bands Needed: If you are a business that sells office supplies, I will go through over 10,000 rubber bands. (When it's time to count and verify the number of tickets, it's easier to take a rubber band off of the tickets than wrestle with trying to remove staples from bundled tickets.)
6. Cell Phone and/or Cell Phone Service: For publicity telephone interviews, am in need of cell phone service donated by a business or individual. For example, if an individual has a telephone family plan and they haven't used all of the lines, you could donate one of the lines. You can have information on this website or remain anonymous.
Why am I doing this project? Several reasons:
1. I was scrolling through Guinness World Records looking for something non-sports related that I could attempt.
2. People are basically good and like to help out others when they can. This just gives others opportunities to do something good--to make a difference even if it's just a few tickets. Two complete strangers have dropped off lottery tickets for this project.
Thank you for all those individuals and businesses who want to help with this goal!
If you have a question or would like to contact me, please Email [email protected] (I'm the only one who reads the Emails. It can be just for general questions, for interviews, and/or if you have something to donate to help make this challenge become reality!)
Below are updates on this project with the most recent dates first:
Update 5/21/20: Due to the lockdown, I haven't been able to pick up lottery tickets for over two months. It's really slowed down the number of tickets collected.
Update 1/31/20: I was given a locked area which will hold all of the lottery tickets until I have enough to beat the current Guinness World Record.
Update 1/8/20: After six months Guinness World Records contacted me back. Since there's already a category for the collection of lottery scratch-off tickets, that's the only lottery category they will allow me to compete in. Currently the world record is from Darren Haake, from Australia, who has collected 319,001 scratch cards.
Update 10/5/19: A high school friend from update NY mailed me tickets from NY & FL that she had collected from several people. Thank you Melody! I'm grateful for every single ticket.
Update 10/3/19: I advertised in my subdivision's newsletter and one of the residents dropped off boxes of tickets; probably several thousand tickets. I dry out every lottery ticket before bundling the same-sized tickets in groups of 100. Four to five thousand tickets fit into each storage box.
Remember: Whether you only have a few tickets or hundreds, I'm grateful for each ticket.
Update 9/3019: On what would have been my Dad's birthday, went over 10,000 tickets.
Found out some exciting news! When I'm done with this project, the NC Educational Lottery Office says that the tickets can be recycled!
You may Email me at: [email protected]
"The Lottery Lady"