David Ortiz in Concord on Wednesday to launch Red Sox scratch ticket

  • Former Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz AP file

Monitor staff
Published: 4/8/2019 12:59:20 PM

If Red Sox fans need a lift after a slow start to the 2019 season (11 road games out west to open the year makes it somewhat excusable), they’ll have a chance to meet one of the franchise’s most beloved sluggers in Concord this week.

Three-time World Series champion David Ortiz will be at the State House plaza on Wednesday at 3 p.m. to launch the $5 Red Sox 2018 World Series Championship scratch ticket. He’ll be joined by N.H. Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre.

Following the Concord event, Ortiz will head down to Manchester to play Keno at a few Queen City bars and restaurants.

The scratch tickets, which went on sale Monday, are the product of a licensing deal between the New Hampshire Lottery and the Red Sox.

The lottery paid a $378,000 licensing fee to use the Red Sox name and logo on the tickets and in advertising. The fee also covers second-chance drawing prizes, and promotional appearances – including Wednesday’s in Concord – with David Ortiz, according to a lottery spokesman.

Players in the Granite State purchased more than $238 million in scratch tickets in fiscal year 2018. The lottery is projecting sales from this game to reach nearly $6.3 million.

Ortiz visited Concord in 2014 on the heels of the Sox 2013 World Series title to promote a similar game. He was accompanied by then-governor Maggie Hassan.

Scratch tickets for this year’s game include four $100,000 top prizes and are being sold at more than 1,300 locations across the state.

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