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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.