SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KCBS) _ People will soon have a legitimate way to gamble on the San Francisco 49ers in the state of California.
The team is joining forces with the state lottery on Scratchers tickets, yielding prizes that every football fan would want.
This is the first time the lottery has hooked up with a major sports league. The $3 tickets could win customers upwards of $20,000.
And if you don’t win, don’t fret. California Lottery spokesman Bill Ainsworth said you can enter the ticket on the lottery’s website for a second chance to win, what they call the “replay program.”
San Francisco 49ers Chief Sales Officer John Vidalin said the partnership offers great prizes for the fans.
“You can win road trips, autographed merchandise, season tickets,” he said. “It’s a really neat opportunity for the fans to win not only once, but twice.”
Ainsworth also said it is important to remember that about a third of every dollar spent on the lottery goes to public education.
“That’s one of the things that really keeps lottery employees inspired,” said Ainsworth. “We know that we sell these entertaining products and the better job we do, the more money the schools get. We’re all about improving the schools and giving them the money they need.”
The lottery is also partnering with the Raiders and the Chargers, offering similar prizes on these second-chance tickets.