Patrick Sharp Helps Illinois Lottery Unveil New Game

The Blackhawks player came out to help promote the Illinois Lottery's new game, Hit or Miss.

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The Illinois Lottery on Wednesday unveiled a new way to play the lottery with its new game, Hit or Miss. In tow at the event was Blackhawks player Patrick Sharp.
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Players can win $250,000 not only if they choose every number correctly, but if they choose all 12 numbers incorrectly.
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The game also incorporates what lottery officials call a "good life" number. If players choose all 12 numbers correctly or incorrectly and match the good life number, they will receive $100,000 every year for 20 years in addition to the $250,000.
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Illinois Lottery Director Michael Jones calls the game an "innovative variation" on other lottery games. "If you pick all the wrong numbers, you still win $250,000," he said.
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To promote the game, the Illinois Lottery partnered with Chicago Blackhawks player Patrick Sharp. People walking by Pioneer Court Wednesday were able to play some hockey and get a photo with Sharp.
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Jones (right) said the decision to work with Sharp (left) was based on his strong commitment to sports partnerships.
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Jones said Blackhawks marketing is typically very innovative, which made it easy to develop the relationship and get Sharp on board.
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Jones also believes the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup win really reflects the Illinois Lottery's motto: "Anything is possible."
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In addition to Wednesday's appearance, Sharp has been featured in a couple Illinois Lottery commercials.
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In one, Sharp dresses up in a dog suit and gets ignored by a huge Hawks fan.
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Sharp also makes his debut as a room service waiter.
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When discussing his participation in these commercials, Sharp said he had the "easy job."
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