Aug 18, 2020

Tic Tac Dough

Tic Tac Toe - Pennsylvania Lottery (year unknown)
Tic Tac Toe - Pennsylvania Lottery (1990)
Tic Tac Two - Pennsylvania Lottery (1991)

Tic Tac Toe is one of the oldest games in the world.  A form of it has existed throughout human history as early as 1300 B.C.E. in Ancient Egypt.  It's also a game that lends itself pretty seamlessly to the concept of the Pennsylvania Lottery instant scratch-off tickets.

A lot of the Instant Lottery games are essentially Tic Tac Toe, whether they use the theme or not.  You scratch off the playing field and you win if three of the symbols are in a row.  Over the years, a lot of these games transitioned to where you just have to have three matching symbols in any order, usually with some sort of gimmick where a bonus symbol will double or triple your prize.  You can see that begin to appear on the bottom ticket from 1992 in which matching the four corners awards the player double the prize money.