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Ohio Lottery Launches New Ticket Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Kickoff event at ThistleDown Racino on June 7 with Hall of Famers Joe DeLamielleure, Paul Warfield and 2013 enshrinee Dave Robinson

CLEVELAND – The Ohio Lottery and the Pro Football Hall of Fame® are teaming up to offer an exciting new instant ticket with a chance to win a grand prize trip to the biggest game in pro football in New York next February. Sales of the 50th Anniversary Pro Football Hall of Fame instant ticket kick off on Friday, June 7 with a special event at ThistleDown Racino in North Randall from 5 to 7 p.m.

Hall of Fame inductees and former Browns stars Joe DeLamielleure and Paul Warfield along with 2013 enshrinee and Akron resident Dave Robinson will be at ThistleDown Racino’s Slush Stage where the 50th Anniversary Hall of Fame ticket will be on sale. Attendees will get to meet the football greats, have a souvenir photo taken and participate in a Q&A session. Those who purchase the 50th Anniversary Hall of Fame instant ticket at the event can enter the ticket into a second chance drawing to win great prizes from the Ohio Lottery, Pro Football Hall of Fame and ThistleDown Racino. The Mike Trivisonno Show on WTAM 1100 will broadcast live from the event from 3 until 6 p.m. Attendees must be 21 years old to enter the event.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame ticket is a $5 instant ticket that gives players the chance to win up to $100,000. Players can enter their non-winning tickets online for five separate prize drawings in which four grand prize winners will receive an all-expenses paid five-day/four-night trip to Pro Football’s Biggest Game complete with $1,000 spending money, tickets to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon with Hall of Fame running back and the NFL’s all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith, tickets to the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Show, two passes to the NFL Experience and two tickets to Pro Football’s Biggest Game. Four more winners will receive a four-day/three-night event package for two to the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, including the annual enshrinement ceremony and NFL/Hall of Fame Game, in August. One hundred players will win prize packs with Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary merchandise. 

Learn more about the Ohio Lottery and the Hall of Fame instant ticket by visiting www.ohiolottery.com. Information about the Pro Football Hall of Fame can be found at Profootballhof.com or ProFootballHOF on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, YouTube, and Pinterest.

One hundred percent of Ohio Lottery profits help support K-12 education in the State of Ohio.

Media: Media is welcome to cover the event. All media must use the west entrance at ThistleDown Racino and present a valid drivers’ license to enter the racino. Security staff will provide an escort to the event.

Bios of Pro Football Hall of Famers attending June 7 ThistleDown Racino event.

DeLamielleure was drafted in the first round of the 1973 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He instantly became one of the most dominant guards of his era. As a rookie he helped pave the way for O.J. Simpson who became the league’s first 2,000-yard rusher. Extremely durable, “Joe D.” played in 185 consecutive games during his 13 seasons that also included five years as an anchor of the Browns front line. DeLamielleure was selected All-Pro six straight times and named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1970s. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2003.

Robinson starred for 12 seasons in the NFL, all but two with the Green Bay Packers who drafted him in the first round of the 1963 NFL Draft. He developed the reputation as a big-play performer on the Packers’ dynasty teams of the 1960s. He started at outside linebacker in Super Bowls I and II and was named first-team All-Pro three straight seasons from 1967-69. Robinson, a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1960s, intercepted 27 passes in his career that included two final seasons with the Washington Redskins. He will be formally enshrined into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013.

Warfield was Cleveland’s first round pick in 1964 and made an immediate impact when he caught a career-high 52 passes as a rookie. Despite playing on ball-control teams during much of his career with the Browns (1964-69, 1976-77) and Miami Dolphins (1970-74), Warfield managed to register an impressive total of 427 career catches for 8,565 yards, and 85 TDs. Noted for his precise patterns and great speed, he recorded a staggering career average of 20.1 yards per catch. Warfield, a native of Warren, Ohio, was selected to eight Pro Bowls and named All-NFL six times. He was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.         
                       
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