LCSC student places second in lottery design
Sean Watkins went “All-in” when he designed “Idahold’em,” a winning scratch ticket for the Idaho Lottery. The 27-year old graphic arts student at Lewis-Clark State College was the second place winner in this year’s statewide Scratch Ticket Design Contest.
A play on the popular poker card game Texas Hold’em, Watkins found a need in the Idaho Lottery scratch ticket line-up and decided to fill it – to the tune of a $500 winner’s scholarship.
“People are always going to Washington to play cards and poker,” described the senior from Lewiston of his design. “I thought Idaho should have a poker game for the Lottery. I just tried to make it state specific. I hope it makes a good $5 ticket.”
Idahold’em will appear as a regular game in the Fiscal Year 2008 official Idaho Lottery Scratch Ticket Line-up. The ticket will be printed with Watkins’s name and Lewis-Clark State College as part of the artwork.
“Working with the Idaho Lottery is a great opportunity for our students to interact with real clients and real deadlines,” explained Brian Kolstad, Lewis-Clark State College Instructor of Graphic Design and Printing Technology. “This is very valuable to the students who have to meet client expectations.”
“We’re really excited to have such a good opportunity to run a clever, well designed poker ticket like Idahold’em,” said Sherie Moody-St. Clair, Idaho Lottery Advertising Manager and organizer of this year’s design contest.
The Scratch Ticket Design contest is sponsored by the Idaho Lottery for the purposes of helping students utilize their graphic design skills and techniques in a real-life scenario. “It’s a way to continue our mission of benefiting Idaho public schools and buildings at the collegiate level,” said Moody-St. Clair.
The Idaho Lottery received 42 additional entries from three other Idaho college campuses this year including the University of Idaho, North Idaho College, and Idaho State University. All entries were judged by a panel of lottery ticket experts for their design/visual appeal, creativity, play style, and overall marketability.
“I’m excited to have this winning design as part of my portfolio,” said Watkins, who will graduate in a month and a half and hopes to move out of the area with his family to find a job. The three-year veteran of the sign printing trade wants to move into publishing somewhere in the northwest or even Alaska.
Kyle King, a junior at Lewis-Clark State College, was on target with his winning design for Bullseye Bucks. The Culdesac native has three more semesters before graduation and sees this contest, part of a class assignment under Instructor Brian Kolstad, as a good resume building experience. King won $100 for his design and plans to put the money toward his education.