What do you get when you pair the lottery and a Minnesota graphic designer’s quirky style with a love of our great state? Sascratch.

The Minnesota Lottery’s new Sascratch scratch ticket is a play on Bigfoot —also commonly known as Sasquatch — and is designed by local artist Morgan (Mo) Philippi.

We discovered Mo on Instagram and fell in love with his ability to put a whole new twist on the things we find around us every day. While Bigfoot doesn’t exactly fall into that category (which may be debatable by some Bigfoot hunters), we loved the Minnesotan flare he used to help bring Sascratch to life.

Mo said he was initially surprised when he got the call from the lottery about the opportunity to design a fall-themed scratch ticket. “I wasn’t sure it was legit,” he said. But it didn’t take long before Mo was all in.

We talked through some fall themes and Mo came back with several sketches. After some back-and-forth Sascratch was born.

Mo’s influence as an artist has been shaped by his upbringing in Minnesota. He was born and raised in the Dassel/Cokato area, which is located about an hour west of the Twin Cities. Growing up he was always drawing so when it came time to head off to college, he pursued his passion and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from St. Cloud State. After college, Mo moved around a bit before landing in St. Joseph, Minn. where he now lives with his family and works as a graphic designer.

Mo said he’s looking forward to seeing his design out in the wild (i.e. available at over 3,000 lottery retailers in Minnesota!) and will definitely try his luck on the $2 ticket.

Sascratch is the newest scratch game in the Minnesota Lottery’s artist collection series. The Minnesota Lottery is proud to work with local artists to create one-of-a-kind ticket designs that help raise money for Minnesota’s environment.