Scratchman Scratched The Texas Lottery last week decided to pull the plug on its popular mascot, Scratchman.

Not that he or the lottery was suffering. For three years, the caped superhero promoting the $1, $2 and $5 scratch-off lottery games had urged Texans to “scratch on” in more than 30 ads produced by GSD&M in Austin, Texas.
But a state legislative committee recently raised concerns that youngsters under the legal gambling age of 18 found Scratchman (shown here) too appealing. With the pressure on (and Joe Camel also meeting a recently well-applauded demise), the lottery decided to end Scratchman’s tenure as pitchman.
In an interview with the Associated Press, the actor who played Scratchman in the lottery’s English-language ads defended his work, but also seemed to confirm the legislators’ worries.
“Being a superhero, kids are naturally going to like it,” said Bill Jenkins, who also works at a restaurant in Dallas. “I’ve had kids come up to me and say, ‘Guess who I was for Halloween? I was Scratchman and my friend was the lottery ticket.'”-Glen Fest