Be on the lookout, because New Mexico Lottery “Chia Pet Zombie” Scratchers are rising up at a retailer near you.
The new Zombie Chia Pet Scratcher game features top prizes of $1,000 and two scenes inspired by Zombie Chia Pet planters – “Dragging Drew” and “Lifeless Lisa.” This new game is the first of four releases of Chia Pet Scratchers. They’ll return – not as Zombies – but as other icons during the upcoming holidays: a tree for Christmas, a leprechaun for St. Patty’s day and a bunny next spring.
The Chia Pet revolution hit its stride in the 80’s following the 1981 release of a ram, the first widely marketed Chia Pet – likely made memorable with the “Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia” jingle. By 2007, about half a million Chia Pets were produced each year during the holidays. The range of options has sprouted beyond animals and now includes cartoons and political icons.
While zombies have always been popular, their recent starring roles in various TV and movie hits have embedded them in pop culture. “Zombies are cool and Chia Pet is a fun brand that generates smiles. It seemed like a perfect combo for Halloween and we hope that it attracts new players,” said Karla Wilkinson, Director of Gaming Products.
Also on sale now are three new games:
- “Triple 333s” touts a chance to win up to 10 times and $10,000 top prizes;
- “Ruby Riches” features $25,000 top prizes; and
- “Sapphire Blue 9X” offers 16 chances to win and $50,000 top prizes;