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Hoosier Lottery to commemorate 100th Indy 500 with new scratch-off game

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Drivers and teams aren’t the only ones that will get richer from the Indianapolis 500.

So can you.

For the first time, the Hoosier Lottery has partnered with Indianapolis Motor Speedway to offer the “Official Indy 500 Scratch-Off Game” to celebrate the 100th running of the legendary Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

IMS and lottery officials announced the new game Tuesday. Tickets are now available for sale at all retailers throughout Indiana.

“Both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hoosier Lottery are all about celebrating and promoting the great state we live in,” J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president, said in a media release. “I’m so excited fans will have the chance to play this new game that commemorates a monumental moment in Indiana’s history, the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.”

Tickets are priced at $5 apiece. The luckiest winners can claim prizes up to $100,000, along with what state officials said are thousands of $100 prizes, as well as one of four Legends packages.

The Legends packages will allow one winner and three guests to have garage passes, tickets to a Blake Shelton concert, pre-race driver introductions and the post-race victory podium, as well as a four-night hotel stay with transportation and spending money.

There are several additional prize-winning packages, as well, that can be found online at HoosierLottery.com.

If you fail on your first try at a winning ticket, all non-winning Indianapolis 500 scratch-off tickets are eligible for the second-chance promotion, but it must be done by April 24.

The $100,000 grand prize cash drawing will take place in June. All second-chance entries are also eligible for the big prize, as well.

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Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.