CONCORD, N.H. (WCAX) Cheerleaders, former players, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft were in the Granite State Tuesday to unveil a new $5 scratch ticket from the New Hampshire Lottery.
Cheering fans greeted Robert Kraft as he exited the statehouse in Concord, New Hampshire. For the past several years the New England Patriots and New Hampshire Lottery have teamed up according to the lottery's Charlie McIntyre. "You need luck and skill. When they both come together, that is when you win," he said.
A few former NFL stars were also on hand, like three-time Super Bowl champion Patrick Pass who helped put on a mini camp for kids. "It gives them confidence to work hard and do things at 110-percent. Not only on the field, but in the classroom as well," Pass said.
Whether you like playing scratch tickets or love the New England Patriots, this event is really all about the kids -- considering the New Hampshire Lottery has given almost $2 billion to education over the years.
"It is just a really cool opportunity," said 10-year-old Summer Dalbecjoyal. This group of girls flipped over their chance to learn from two of the Patriots cheerleaders. "Normal cheerleaders wouldn't really get this opportunity and it is just awesome," Dalbecjoyal said.
Thirteen-year-old Kyle Crampton seemed a little speechless, taking cues from former Patriots quarterback Steve Grogan."It's just really cool. It's hard to imagine how cool it is," Crampton said.
"Whether it is part of their football season or part of their schooling, these are the memories that the kids will make and take with them forever," said Gov. Chris Sununu, R-New Hampshire.
Kraft shouted out New Hampshire's popular state motto before he left the stage. "Live free or die," he said.
It appears even the reigning champs can still use a little luck from time to time.