The Iowa Lottery is releasing its much-anticipated NASCAR scratch game today. The “Fast Car Cash” scratch game had been in the works for several months before the February 18th death of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Senior. Earnhardt is one of the five drivers featured on the tickets. Lottery officials briefly considered canceling the game, but after consulting with Earnhardt’s family, they decided to keep the game on track. Lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer says the game’s being released two weeks early as the top prizes in two other scratch games were all claimed, so they were able to move “Fast Car Cash” up to replace them.Neubauer says the two-dollar tickets feature pictures and signatures of Earnhardt, his son Dale Junior, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin.Every third ticket will be a Dale Earnhardt Senior ticket. While the tickets are likely to be a collectors item, she issues this caution about them — it’s against the law to re-sell lottery tickets that haven’t been scratched. She says you can sell unscratched tickets after the game is declared over by the Iowa Lottery. Neubauer says this game poses a tough choice to Earnhardt fans — keep the ticket as a collectors item, or scratch it to try and win the prize.The top prize in the game is 10-thousand dollars. You can also win a NASCAR trip, or NASCAR merchandise. Neubauer says they’ll begin distributing the tickets today, but all lottery retailers won’t get their supply today.
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