Arizona Lottery Selects Local Artist for “Dia de los Muertos” Scratchers Ticket Design

  • By SAlessi
  • Jun. 09, 2017

The Arizona Lottery selected the winner of its “Dia de los Muertos” Scratchers® ticket artwork competition. Arizona native, Emily Costello, will showcase her unique artwork on lottery Scratchers tickets to commemorate the traditions and festivities of Dia de los Muertos.

The Arizona Lottery held an open artwork submission for Arizona artists to submit original works for an Arizona themed “Dia de los Muertos” Scratchers ticket that will be in stores during Hispanic Heritage Month. Costello’s work was selected from a collection of inspiring submissions. She will have three original works appear on $2 tickets that will be sold in nearly 3,000 Arizona Lottery retailers throughout the state starting in August 2017. This is the first time the Arizona Lottery has showcased a local artist’s artwork on an instant scratch ticket in its 36-year history.

“We were overwhelmed by the number of submissions and the quality of work that we received from Arizona’s art community,” Gregg Edgar, executive director for the Arizona Lottery, said. “It was a fantastic way to engage the community. Emily’s artwork is a remarkable depiction of Arizona traditions and the tickets will be a wonderful celebration of our rich Hispanic culture.”

Costello is a self-taught painter, printer and mixed media artist and her art is inspired by her Mexican heritage, its cultural icons, imagery and the events that have shaped her life. She has served on the board of Cultural Coalition and is a member of The Phoenix Fridas Arizona Latina Art Collective. She teaches youth art classes at Vision Kidz, the Phoenix Art Museum and Free Arts of Arizona for the Abused Children’s Professional Artist program.

"This is very exciting to me because I know competition was tough," Emily Costello said. "I was immediately honored that they selected my artwork and my ideas to go along with their campaign to promote Dia de los Muertos, and to further promote the embracing of our culture in this community."

Her passion, appreciation and enthusiasm for her heritage transform her artwork, and helped to create a powerful Dia de los Muertos ticket.