The Minnesota Lottery's newest scratch ticket aims to help raise awareness of the state bee and the state's pollinators while raising money to support the environment.
"Bee Lucky" scratch tickets feature the rusty patched bumble bee — the state bee since 2019 — and will include a special "Bee Informed" box that reveals facts about Minnesota's pollinators, the Minnesota Lottery said. The rusty patched bumble bee has been listed as federally endangered since 2017.
"The Environmental Quality Board is excited to collaborate with the Minnesota Lottery to produce the Bee Lucky scratch ticket," said Katie Pratt, EQB executive director. "This ticket will raise awareness about Minnesota's state bee—the endangered rusty patched bumblebee—and generate lottery proceeds that support environmental projects including improving pollinator habitat. While Minnesota is making progress on pollinator protection, it will take all of us to protect our state bee and other imperiled pollinators."
The "Bee Lucky" tickets are $2 each and have a chance to win up to $10,000 instantly.
"The Minnesota Lottery is happy that we can help play our part to raise awareness about Minnesota's native pollinators," Minnesota Lottery Executive Director Adam Prock said. "We are grateful for the work that The Environmental Quality Board and so many others have done for Minnesota's environment."
The Minnesota Lottery said more than $1.4 billion has helped preserve, restore and protect the state's environment through the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Game and Fish Fund and the Natural Resources Fund.