—Joe Blundo, "For Ticket Collectors the Hot Question Is: Who Has Herbert Hoover?",> The Columbus Dispatch, April 24, 1999
But he's never scratched the paint off one of them to see if he's won a prize.
"My brother tells me that I've probably passed up a million-dollar winner on one of my tickets," the 48-year-old physician from West Columbia said recently. "But I'm still not tempted to scratch it off. I tell everybody I know that every ticket I buy is a winner." Ricks is a lotologist, one of a growing number of people who collect, study and admire lottery tickets not for the prizes they promise, but for their art and value as collectors' items.
Richard Stewart, "Hoppy doesn't start from scratch," The Houston Chronicle, August 23, 1998