Title:
Lottery organizer kit and method
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A lottery organizer kit houses a plurality of lottery print-out sheets. A first and second panel contain a plurality of slots having pouches that are adapted for receiving and housing lottery tickets and the like. The first and second panels are hingedly connected to one another to form a folder. The lottery organizer kit additionally comprises a spinner, a quarter slot, and an interior loop adapted to house a pencil. The quarter, pencil, and spinner set forth in the lottery organization kit and method are adapted to be utilized in conjunction with the lottery tickets and lottery related sheets, while the slots and pouches provide for convenient organization of the lottery tickets and lottery related sheets.



Inventors:
Campbell, Denise (Wharton, NJ, US)
Application Number:
11/093789
Publication Date:
10/05/2006
Filing Date:
03/30/2005
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
273/269
International Classes:
A63F3/06
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Primary Examiner:
HYLINSKI, ALYSSA MARIE
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ERNEST D. BUFF;ERNEST D. BUFF AND ASSOCIATES, LLC. (231 SOMERVILLE ROAD, BEDMINSTER, NJ, 07921, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A lottery organizer kit for housing a plurality of lottery tickets and related paraphernalia, comprising: a. a first panel having a first exterior portion fixedly attached to a first interior portion and being hingedly connected by connecting means to a second panel having a second exterior portion fixedly attached to a second interior portion to form a lottery organizer folder; b. said first interior portion having a plurality of lottery ticket slots therein, each of said lottery ticket slots comprising a lottery ticket pouch, said lottery ticket pouch extending between said first interior portion and said first exterior portion of said first panel and having a top opening located integrally with each of said lottery ticket slots, said lottery ticket pouch being adapted to receive and house a plurality of lottery tickets; c. said second interior portion comprising an elongated slot having an elongated pouch, said elongated pouch extending between said second interior portion and said second exterior portion of said second panel and having a pouch top opening located integrally with said elongated slot, said elongated pouch being adapted to receive a plurality of lottery related sheets; d. said second interior portion having a spinner, said spinner being comprised of a rotating arrow and a number face plate, said number face plate having a central portion and an outer perimeter, said rotating arrow being located at said central portion and said outer perimeter having numbers; e. a quarter slot being adapted to house a quarter; and f. an interior loop located between said first panel and said second panel, said interior loop being adapted to house a pencil; g. each of said lottery ticket slots and said lottery ticket pouches, and said elongated slot and said elongated pouch being adapted to receive and house said plurality of said lottery tickets and said lottery related sheets, respectively, within said lottery organizer kit; and h. said quarter, said pencil, and said spinner being adapted to be utilized and housed in conjunction with said lottery tickets and said lottery related sheets when said lottery organizer kit is being utilized.

2. A lottery organizer kit for housing a plurality of lottery tickets and related paraphernalia as recited by claim 1, wherein said lottery organizing kit comprises at least seven lottery ticket slots and at least seven of said lottery ticket pouches.

3. A lottery organizer kit for housing a plurality of lottery tickets and related paraphernalia as recited by claim 1, wherein said lottery ticket slots are at least 3 1/2 inches in length.

4. A lottery organizer kit for housing a plurality of lottery tickets and related paraphernalia as recited by claim 1, wherein said lottery ticket pouch is comprised of a polymeric material.

5. A lottery organizer kit for housing a plurality of lottery tickets and related paraphernalia as recited by claim 1, wherein said lottery ticket pouch is removably housed within said lottery ticket pocket.

6. A lottery organizer kit for housing a plurality of lottery tickets and related paraphernalia as recited by claim 1, wherein said lottery ticket pouch has a height ranging from 3 to 4 inches and a length ranging from 3 to 3½ inches, and wherein said top opening of said lottery ticket pouch has a width ranging from 1/16 to ⅛ inches.

7. A lottery organizer kit for housing a plurality of lottery tickets and related paraphernalia as recited by claim 1, wherein said elongated slot is at least 3 7/16 inches in length.

8. A lottery organizer kit for housing a plurality of lottery tickets and related paraphernalia as recited by claim 1, wherein said elongated pouch is comprised of a polymeric material.

9. A lottery organizer kit for housing a plurality of lottery tickets and related paraphernalia as recited by claim 1, wherein said elongated pouch has a height ranging from 8⅝ to 9 inches and a length ranging from 3⅝ to 4 inches, and wherein said pouch top opening of said elongated pouch has a width ranging from ⅛ to ¼ inches and is adapted to receive and house at least ten scantron sheets.

10. A lottery organizer kit for housing a plurality of lottery tickets and related paraphernalia as recited by claim 1, wherein said elongated pouch is removably housed within said elongated pocket.

11. A lottery organizer kit for housing a plurality of lottery tickets and related paraphernalia as recited by claim 1, wherein said rotating arrow of said spinner ranges from ¾ to 2 inches in length, and wherein said number face plate of said spinner has a diameter proportionate to said rotating arrow ranging from ¾ to 2 inches.

12. A lottery organizer kit for housing a plurality of lottery tickets and related paraphernalia as recited by claim 1, wherein said numbers on said outer perimeter of said number face plate range from 1 to 52.

13. A lottery organizer kit for housing a plurality of lottery tickets and related paraphernalia as recited by claim 1, wherein said quarter slot is located on said first interior portion to form a quarter pocket, said quarter pocket being adapted to receive said quarter.

14. A lottery organizer kit for housing a plurality of lottery tickets and related paraphernalia as recited by claim 1, wherein said quarter slot has a length ranging from 1 to 1½ inches and a height ranging from ¾ to 1½ inches.

15. A lottery organizer kit for housing a plurality of lottery tickets and related paraphernalia as recited by claim 1, wherein said interior loop is comprised of a first interior slot and a second interior slot, said first and second interior slots being located at least ¼ an inch apart, and preferably at least 1 inch apart.

16. A lottery organizer kit for housing a plurality of lottery tickets and related paraphernalia as recited by claim 1, wherein said lottery organizer kit further comprises a plurality of external attachments located on said first exterior portion and said second exterior portion adapted to attach said lottery organizer kit to an object, said external attachments being selected from the group consisting of magnetic strips, snaps, clips, or Velcro.

17. A lottery organizer kit for housing a plurality of lottery tickets and related paraphernalia as recited by claim 1, wherein each of said lottery ticket pouches and said elongated pouch includes a notch located at said top opening and said pouch top opening, respectively, for easy access to said lottery tickets and said lottery related sheets, respectively, housed therein.

18. A lottery organizer kit for housing a plurality of lottery tickets and related paraphernalia as recited by claim 1, wherein said lottery organizer kit further comprises a scratch pad for use with any writing device or dry erase markers.

19. A lottery organizer kit for housing a plurality of lottery tickets and related paraphernalia as recited by claim 1, wherein said lottery organizer kit further comprises a LCD digital solar powered device adapted to electronically select random numbers.

20. A method for organizing lottery paraphernalia, comprising the steps of: a. constructing a holder comprising a first panel having a first exterior portion fixedly attached to a first interior portion and being hingedly connected to a second panel having a second exterior portion fixedly attached to a second interior portion to form a folder; b. providing said first interior portion with a plurality of lottery ticket slots, each of said lottery ticket slots having a lottery ticket pouch, said lottery ticket pouch extending between said first interior portion and said first exterior portion of said first panel and having a top opening located integrally with each of said lottery ticket slots, said lottery ticket pouch being adapted receive and house a plurality of lottery tickets; c. providing said second interior portion with an elongated slot having an elongated pouch, said elongated pouch extending between said second interior portion and said second exterior portion of said second panel and having a pouch top opening located integrally with said elongated slot, said elongated pouch being adapted to receive a plurality of lottery related sheets; d. providing said second interior portion with a spinner, said spinner being comprised of a rotating arrow and a number face plate, said number face plate having a central portion and an outer perimeter, said rotating arrow being located at said central portion and said outer perimeter having numbers; e. providing a quarter slot that is adapted to house a quarter; and f. providing an interior loop located between said first panel and said second panel, said interior loop being adapted to house a pencil; g. said lottery ticket slots and said lottery ticket pouches, and said elongated slot and said elongated pouch being adapted to receive and house said plurality of said lottery tickets and said lottery related sheets, respectively, within said lottery organizer kit formed by said method; and h. said quarter, said pencil, and said spinner being adapted to be utilized and housed in conjunction with said lottery tickets and said lottery related sheets when said lottery organizer kit formed by said method is being utilized.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field Of The Invention

The present invention relates to a lottery organizer kit and method; and more particularly, to a lottery organizer system and method for housing a plurality of lottery print-out sheets.

2. Description Of The Prior Art

Lottery game playing is a popular hobby in today's society. In particular, such lottery games as the “Pick Three”, “Pick Four”, “Pick Five”, “Pick Six”, and “Mega Millions” are common types of lottery games played in the United States. The format of these games is utilized all over the world and generally involves a player selecting a series of random, or sentimental numbers on a “scantron sheet”, or other type of game selection sheet that lists numerical numbers each having a selection box. The player makes his/her number selection, or “pick”, by marking the “scantron sheet” numbers in pencil. This number selection may be purely random, such as by using a computerized or spin. When the player completes his/her “pick”, the player receives a lottery ticket print-out listing the player's “pick” or “picks” (if the player is playing a plurality of “picks” for a specific game). Another popular type of lottery game playing involves scratch-off playing card, wherein the player scratches off a thin polymeric layer to reveal whether the player won.

The lottery ticket print-outs, as well as the scantron sheets are generally composed of single ply, and therefore have a tendency to bend, crinkle, or even tear and rip. Additionally, the print-outs and scantron sheets, as well as the scratch-off playing cards, are vulnerable to being lost and misplaced. Furthermore, certain tools, such as a scratching device for use in scratching off playing cards, and a plying pencil for selecting numbers on the scantron sheets are extremely useful when playing scratch off game playing cards and should be located in the vicinity of the lottery game playing cards, tickets, and scantron sheets. A holder for holding a plurality of different game lottery tickets, scantron sheets, scratch-off cards, a scratching device, and a playing pencil would be highly advantageous to a lottery player.

Accordingly, there are various types of holders heretofore disclosed and utilized that provide housing of general documents, coupons, and even lottery tickets. However, none of the holders heretofore disclosed and utilized provide an all inclusive lottery organization system that can house a plurality of different game lottery tickets, scantron sheets, and scratch-off cards while at the same time providing the convenience of a scratching device, a playing pencil, and spinner for randomly selecting play numbers.

The most basic type of general document holders heretofore disclosed and utilized have housing sections provided with storage pockets that are hingedly connected to one another in an accordion fashion. For example U.S. Pat. No. 4,004,690 to Giarritta and U.S. Pat. No. 4,312,393 to Green disclose coupon holders broadly comprising pocket means that are hingedly secured to one another and further hingedly secured to opposable panel supports. U.S. Pat. No. 4,803,795 to Questel, et al. and Des 358,116 to Deuitch disclose a home organizer and a card holder, respectively, generally including plies or pockets that are hingedly connected to one another, and further connected to a panel support. None of these disclosures provides an all inclusive lottery organization system that can house a plurality of different game lottery tickets, scantron sheets, and scratch-off cards while at the same time providing the convenience of a scratching device, a playing pencil, and spinner for randomly selecting play numbers.

Another basic type of document holder heretofore disclosed and utilized involves a divider adapted to be used in a binder and including pockets and an inner cavity. For example, U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,729,790 and Des 462,715 S both to Moor, et al. disclose a divider apparatus and corresponding ornamental design, respectively, for use in a binder having a binding mechanism coupled to a rigid inner portion and including a pocket outer portion further coupled to the inner portion to form a cavity for storing loose items. Neither of these patents discloses a folder adapted to house lottery tickets in an orderly fashion. Furthermore, the patents do not disclose a scratching device, a playing pencil, and spinner for randomly selecting play numbers.

U.S. Pat. No. 4,571,867 to Williams and U.S. Pat. No. 2,161,015 to Buxton discloses document holders generally comprising a bi-panel construction provided with a plurality of slots for housing documents. U.S. Pat. No. 2,161,015 to Buxton discloses a memorandum book having a plurality of memorandum pads that are each detachably held in place on the cover of a folder of a book via the insertion of a tongue-liked back of the pad into a socket provided on the cover of the folder. U.S. Pat. No. 4,571,867 to Williams discloses an improved information organizing device having parallel slits adapted to receive a document's corner so that a document can be securely housed in the organizer. None of these patents discloses a folder adapted to house lottery tickets in an orderly fashion. Furthermore, the patents do not disclose a scratching device, a playing pencil, and spinner for randomly selecting play numbers.

Still other document holders disclose a holder having a multi-panel construction providing storage compartments adapted to house coupons, cards, and the like. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 4,520,958 to Jones, et al. and U.S. Pat. No. 6,244,627 to Wolff, et al. disclose multi-paneled organizers for housing coupons and the like, being generally comprised of multi-connected panels having storage compartments, an area for advertising indicia, and a writing paper area. This multi-paneled construction results in a bulky organizer that can be difficult to carry in such containments as purses and the like. Furthermore, none of these organizers provides a scratching device, a playing pencil, and spinner for randomly selecting play numbers.

Certain organizers or document holders do come with a pen or pencil. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 591,746 to Dusart, Jr., U.S. Pat. No. 4,890,728 to Grimsely; Des 259,221 to Gebbia; and Des 314,976 to Loredo each disclose a document holder or ornamental design for an organizer, having a pen or pencil holder. Specifically, U.S. Pat. No. 591,746 to Dusart, Jr., discloses a pocket-book comprising covers 1 and 2 connected together, and provided with pockets, writing sheets, and a pencil inserted in an loop located on the outside of the covers 1 and 2. U.S. Pat. No. 4,890,728 to Grimsely discloses a travel kit having a foldable multi-panel base provided with multi-page insert means having pockets to hold a plurality of different objects such as documents, passports, paper, and coin currency. U.S. Pat. Nos. Des 259,221 to Gebbia and Des 314,976 to Loredo claim ornamental designs for a coupon holder and a racing form holder, respectively, having a pen or pencil holder means and pockets for holding the specific documents. U.S. Pat. No. 4,955,679 to Russell et al. discloses an information organizer including a vertically elongated open front housing having vertically aligned storage compartments therein and provided with a calendar-receiving pocket, a digital timepiece, small pockets, and an upper enlarged analog clock and adapted to provide a writing surface. None of these patents provides an organizer equipped with a scratching device, a playing pencil, and spinner for randomly selecting play numbers.

Even where the document holders heretofore disclosed and utilized are provided specifically to be utilized in organizing lottery tickets, these holders do not provide a lottery organizer adapted to house and classify a plurality of lottery tickets, while at the same time providing a pencil, a quarter slot (scratching device), and a spinner for choosing numbers. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 4,907,823 to Windish discloses a lottery kit comprising a scraping tool for removing particle covering materials from a lottery ticket, a collection mat for collecting the particles, a pocket size foldable panels that contain slash type pockets for frictionally holding a lottery ticket, scraping tool, and a collection mat.

Additionally, U.S. Pat. No. 4,909,383 to Gross discloses a lottery ticket holder having two compartments housing an elongated flat lottery slip and a truncated flat lottery ticket, respectively. U.S. Pat. No. 5,078,265 to Fugit, et al. discloses a lottery ticket holder having a pair of planar members interconnected by and through a pair of partition members to form a hollow body where through a lottery ticket slide into. U.S. Pat. No. 5,149,137 to Holt discloses a lottery organizer having pockets to hold various lottery game materials and a pocket to hold a coin for use with “scratch off” tickets, and holds a pen or pencil.

In addition, U.S. Pat. No. 5,482,509 to Dull discloses a lottery play slip and lottery ticket jacket for holding a plurality of lottery tickets or play slips, being comprised of three preferably transparent flat panels connected along three edges so that a lottery ticket can slip there between. In addition, German Patent No. DE 4438348 A1 to Hahn discloses a folding protective cover adapted to be utilized to protect lottery tickets and having a folder made from transparent plastics with clear windows and pockets to house tickets or cards. None of these patents discloses a folder adapted to house lottery tickets in an orderly fashion that conveniently includes a scratching device, a playing pencil, and spinner for randomly selecting play numbers.

None of the holders heretofore disclosed and utilized specifically provides a convenient, readily accessible folder that includes a plurality of slots having pouches for receiving and categorizing a plurality of lottery tickets and game playing cards. Even where the holders heretofore disclosed and utilized provide a plurality of storage compartments, they do not provide certain equipment and tools that are useful when playing lottery games. Specifically, none of the holders heretofore disclosed and utilized provides a scratching device in the form of a lucky coin, a playing pencil, and spinner for randomly selecting play numbers. Advantageously, a lottery organizer kit and method allowing a player to conveniently organize his or her lottery tickets, while at the same time providing the player with a quarter scratching device, a pencil, and a spinner for selecting numbers enhances one's overall enjoyment while playing lottery games.

For the foregoing reasons, there exists a need in the art for a lottery organizer kit and method that provides organization means and specific tools utilized when playing the lottery. Specifically, there exists a need in the art for a lottery organizer kit and method that provides a durable folder adapted to receive and house a plurality of lottery tickets and game playing cards. Additionally, there is a need in the art for a lottery organizer kit and method that further includes a scratch-off device in the form of a lucky coin or quarter, while at the same time providing a pencil conveniently nested within the organizer. Moreover, there is a need in the art for a lottery organizer kit and method that further includes a spinner having an arrow and a number face plate that can be readily utilized by a player to assist the player in selecting his or her game play number picks. Advantageously, the quarter, pencil, and spinner set forth in the lottery organization kit and method are adapted to be utilized in conjunction with the lottery tickets and lottery related sheets, while the slots and pouches provide for convenient organization of the lottery tickets and lottery related sheets. For the forgoing reasons there exists a need in the art for a lottery organizer kit for housing a plurality of lottery tickets and related paraphernalia

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention provides a lottery organizer kit for housing a plurality of lottery tickets and related paraphernalia. The lottery organizer kit includes a first panel having a first exterior portion fixedly attached to a first interior portion and being hingedly connected to a second panel having a second exterior portion fixedly attached to a second interior portion to form a lottery organizer folder. The first interior portion is provided with a plurality of lottery ticket slots. Each of the lottery ticket slots has a lottery ticket pouch integrally connected thereto. The lottery ticket pouch extends between the first interior portion and the first exterior portion of the first panel. The lottery ticket pouch has a top opening located integrally with each of the lottery ticket slots. The lottery ticket pouch is adapted to receive and house a plurality of lottery tickets.

The second interior portion is provided with an elongated slot having an elongated pouch. The elongated pouch extends between the second interior portion and the second exterior portion of the second panel. The elongated pouch has a pouch top opening located integrally with the elongated slot. The elongated pouch is adapted to receive a plurality of lottery related sheets, preferably being scantron sheets.

In addition, the lottery organizer kit includes a spinner. The spinner is fixed onto the second interior portion. The spinner is comprised of a rotating arrow and a number face plate. The number face plate has a central portion and an outer perimeter having numbers. The rotating arrow is located on the central portion and rotates about the outer perimeter when rotation force is applied to the arrow. The arrow stops at random numbers located on the outer perimeter and aids the player in choosing his or her game playing numbers. The lottery organizer kit also includes a quarter slot that is adapted to house a quarter, and also includes an interior loop for holding a pencil. The interior loop is located between the first panel and second panel.

Optionally, the lottery organizing kit comprises at least seven of the lottery ticket slots and at least seven of the lottery ticket pouches. The lottery ticket slots may be at least 3½ inches in length. Each of the lottery ticket pouches has a top opening that is integral with the each of the corresponding lottery ticket slot and is adapted to receive a plurality of lottery tickets. The lottery ticket pouch may be comprised of a polymeric material. The lottery ticket pouch may be removably housed within the lottery ticket slot. Preferably, the lottery ticket pouch is permanently fixed within the lottery ticket slot. The lottery ticket pouch ranges in height from 3 to 4 inches tall and ranges in length from 3 to 3½ inches wide. The top opening of the lottery ticket pouch ranges from 1/16 to ⅛ inches wide. Optionally, the elongated slot is at least 3 7/16 inches in length. The elongated slot and contains an elongated pouch. This elongated pouch has a pouch top opening that is integrally connected to the elongated slot and is adapted to receive a plurality of lottery related sheets. In particular, the lottery related sheets preferably are scantron sheets. The elongated pouch may be comprised of a polymeric material.

The elongated pouch has a height ranging from 8⅝ to 9 inches and has a length ranging from 3⅝ to 4 inches. The top opening of the elongated pouch has a width ranging from ⅛ to ¼ inches and is adapted to receive and house at least ten scantron sheets. The elongated pouch may be removably housed within the elongated slot. Alternatively, the elongated pouch is permanently fixed within the elongated slot. Each of the lottery ticket pouches and the elongated pouch optionally includes a notch located at the top opening and the pouch top opening, respectively, for easy access to the lottery tickets and the lottery related sheets, respectively, housed therein.

The rotating arrow of the spinner ranges from ¾ to 2 inches in length. The number face plate of the spinner has a diameter proportionate to the rotating arrow, ranging from ¾ to 2 inches. The numbers on the outer perimeter of the number face plate may range from 1 to 52.

Optionally, the quarter slot is located on the first interior portion to form a quarter pocket adapted to receive a quarter. The quarter slot has a length ranging from 1 to 1½ inches and a height ranging from ¾ to 1½ inches. The quarter operates as a scratching device when the player is playing scratch-off lottery game cards.

The interior loop is comprised of a first interior slot and a second interior slot. The first and second interior slots are located at least ¼ inch apart, and preferably at least 1 inch apart. A pencil is housed in the slots of the interior loop and is specifically utilized to fill out game playing sheets or scantron sheets.

Optionally, the lottery organizer kit further includes a plurality of external attachments located on the first exterior portion and the second exterior portion. These external attachments are adapted to attach the lottery organizer kit to an object. The external attachments are selected from the group consisting of magnetic strips, snaps, clips, or Velcro. The lottery organizer kit may further include a scratch pad for use with any writing device or dry erase markers. Moreover, the lottery organizer optionally includes a LCD digital solar powered device adapted to electronically select random numbers.

The present invention also provides a method for organizing lottery paraphernalia. The method includes the step of constructing a holder that has a first panel having a first exterior portion fixedly attached to a first interior portion and being hingedly connected to a second panel having a second exterior portion fixedly attached to a second interior portion. The method also includes the step of providing the first interior portion with a plurality of lottery ticket slots. Each of the lottery ticket slots has a lottery ticket pouch. The lottery ticket pouch extends between the first interior portion and the first exterior portion of the first panel. The lottery ticket pouch has a top opening located integrally with each of the lottery ticket slots to which the lottery ticket pouch corresponds. The lottery ticket pouch is adapted to receive and house a plurality of lottery tickets.

The method further involves the step of providing the second interior portion with an elongated slot having an elongated pouch. The elongated pouch extends between the second interior portion and the second exterior portion of the second panel. The elongated pouch has a pouch top opening located integrally with the elongated slot. The elongated pouch is adapted to receive a plurality of lottery related sheets, preferably being scantron sheets.

The method also comprises the step of providing the second interior portion with a spinner. The spinner is comprised of a rotating arrow and a number face plate. The number face plate has a central portion and an outer perimeter. The rotating arrow is located at the central portion and the outer perimeter has numbers.

Additionally, the method comprises the steps of providing a quarter slot that is adapted to house a quarter, and an interior loop. The interior loop is located between the first panel and the second panel. The interior loop is adapted to house a pencil.

Each of the lottery ticket slots and the lottery ticket pouches and the elongated slot and the elongated pouch are adapted to receive and house a plurality of lottery tickets and lottery related sheets, respectively, within the lottery organizer kit and method. The quarter, pencil, and spinner set forth in the lottery organization kit and method are adapted to be utilized and housed in conjunction with the lottery tickets and lottery related sheets when the lottery organizer kit and method is being utilized.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The invention will be more fully understood and further advantages will become apparent when reference is had to the following detailed description, appended claims, and accompanying drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is a schematic view showing the exterior or outside of the Lottery Organizer Kit and Method in the open configuration;

FIG. 2 is a schematic view showing the interior of the Lottery Organizer Kit and Method in the open configuration; and

FIG. 3 is a schematic view showing the lottery ticket pouch and elongated pouch of the Lottery Organizer Kit and Method.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

This arrangement provides for a lottery organizer kit and method for housing a plurality of lottery tickets and related paraphernalia. The lottery organizer kit comprises a first and second panel having a plurality of slots having pouches that are adapted for receiving and housing lottery tickets and the like. The first and second panels are hingedly connected to one another to form a folder. The lottery organizer kit further comprises a spinner, a quarter slot, and an interior loop adapted to house a pencil. Advantageously, the quarter, pencil, and spinner set forth in the lottery organization kit and method are adapted to be utilized in conjunction with the lottery tickets and lottery related sheets, while the slots and pouches provide for convenient organization of the lottery tickets and lottery related sheets.

FIG. 1 is a schematic view of the lottery organizer kit and method showing the exterior or outside of the folder of the lottery organizer kit in the open configuration generally at 10. The lottery organizer kit and method includes a first panel 11 hingedly connected by way of connector means 13 to a second panel 12. The connector means 13 may be approximately ¼ inch wide. The first panel 11 and the second panel 12 are further comprised of a first exterior portion 14 and a second exterior portion 15, respectively. The first exterior portion 14 and the second exterior portion 15 are provided with an exterior cover 16. This exterior cover 16 also may cover the connector means 13.

The exterior cover 16 may be composed of any manmade material, such as vinyl, plastic, mesh, fabrics, or polymeric blends. Alternatively, the exterior cover 16 may be composed of a natural material such as animal leather, snakeskin, alligator skin, pigskin, sued, or a plant derived material such as bamboo, straw, or paper. The exterior cover 16 can be designed in a variety of any known colors, patterns, and can be gender related, zodiac sign related, ethnically related, or contain a logo. The lottery organizer kit may include written indicia or logos in any language, country flag, or state or country logo. Both the first exterior portion 14 and a second exterior portion 15 have a provision for printing a logo 17. Optionally, the lottery organizer kit further includes a plurality of external attachments 18 located on the first exterior portion and the second exterior portion. These external attachments are adapted to attach the lottery organizer kit to an object. The external attachments are selected from the group consisting of magnetic strips, snaps, clips, or Velcro. The lottery organizer kit optionally includes a strap 19a and loop 19b for closing lottery organizer kit.

FIG. 2 is a schematic view showing the interior of the lottery organizer kit and method in the open configuration, shown generally at 20. The lottery organizer kit includes a first panel 11 having a first exterior portion (not show in this figure, see FIG. 1 at 14) fixedly attached to a first interior portion 21. The first exterior portion and the first interior portion 21 may be attached at the four edges 22 of the first exterior portion and the first interior portion 21. The first panel 11 is hingedly connected to a second panel 12 by way of connector means 13. The second panel 12 is further comprised of the second exterior portion (not show in this figure, see FIG. 1 at 15) and a second interior portion 23. The second exterior portion and the second interior portion 23 may be attached at the four edges 24 of the second exterior portion and the second interior portion 23.

The lottery organizer kit optionally includes magnetic attachments, snaps or clips on the exterior cover 16 to attach the lottery organizer kit to any object for ease in carrying. The connection means 13 hingedly connecting the first panel 11 and the second panel 12 may comprise a hinged metal means, wire, staples, thread, cords, glue, or flexible plastic. The lottery organizer kit may contain tabs and inserts. The lottery organizer kit can come in an array of shapes and sizes, including rectangular, square, oval, circular, or diamond shaped. Optionally, the lottery organizer kit may contain a scratch pad for use with any writing device or dry erase markers.

The first interior portion 21 of the first panel 11 is provided with a plurality of lottery ticket slots 25 to form a plurality of openings 26 located between the first interior portion 21 and the first exterior portion of the first panel 11. Each of the plurality of lottery ticket slots 25 is provided with a lottery ticket pouch 27 integrally connected thereto. Each of the lottery ticket slots 25 has an opening 26 allowing access to the lottery ticket pouch 27 therein. The lottery ticket pouch 27 extends between the first interior portion 21 and the first exterior portion (14 in FIG. 1) of the first panel 11. The lottery ticket pouch 27 has a top opening 28 located integrally with each of the lottery ticket slots 25. The lottery ticket pouch 27 is adapted to receive and house a plurality of lottery tickets.

The lottery ticket pouch 27 is only shown in the figure for the last slot for clarity; even though each lottery ticket slot 25 is provided with a lottery ticket pouch 27. Each lottery ticket pouch 27 has a top opening 28 and is adapted to receive a plurality of lottery tickets. Optionally, there are at least seven lottery ticket slots 25. The lottery ticket slots 25 may be at least 3 1/2 inches in length. Each of the lottery ticket slots 25 and lottery ticket pouches 27 are adapted to receive a plurality of lottery tickets. The lottery ticket pouch 27 may be comprised of a polymeric material. The lottery ticket pouch 27 may be removably housed within the lottery ticket pocket and lottery ticket slot 25. Alternatively, the lottery ticket pouch 27 may be permanently fixed within the lottery ticket pocket and lottery ticket slot 25.

The lottery ticket pouch 27 ranges in height from 3 to 4 inches tall and ranges in length from 3 to 3½ inches wide. The top opening of the lottery ticket pouch 27 ranges from 1/16 to ⅛ inches wide. The lottery ticket slots 25 can be dated for the days of the week. There may be a slot for receiving and housing winning tickets. The lottery ticket pouch 27 is adapted to receive and house a plurality of lottery tickets for organization and storage. Specifically, lottery ticket slots 25 are preferably utilized to categorize specific lottery game tickets or cards. For example, the following individual game tickets can be provided with their own unique lottery ticket slot 25: (i) a lottery ticket slot 25 for housing “Pick Three” straight drawing tickets; (ii) a lottery ticket slot 25 for housing “Pick Three” Box drawing tickets; (iii) a lottery ticket slot 25 for housing “Pick Four” Straight drawing tickets; (iv) a lottery ticket slot 25 for housing “Pick Four” Box drawing tickets; (v) a lottery ticket slot 25 for housing “Pick Five” drawing tickets; (vi) a lottery ticket slot 25 for housing “Pick Six” drawing tickets; and (vii) a lottery ticket slot 25 for housing “Super Jackpot” or “Mega Millions” drawing tickets. Optionally, the lottery organizing kit comprises at least seven of the lottery ticket slots 25.

The second interior portion 12 is provided with an elongated slot 29 to form an opening 30. The elongated slot 29 has an elongated pouch 31 located therein. The elongated pouch 31 extends between the second interior portion 23 and the second exterior portion (15 in FIG. 1) of the second panel 12. The elongated pouch 31 has a pouch top opening 32 located integrally with the elongated slot 29 opening 30. The elongated pouch 31 is adapted to receive a plurality of lottery related sheets, preferably being scantron sheets.

The opening 30 allows access to the elongated pouch 31 located therein the elongated slot 29. Optionally, the elongated slot 29 is at least 3 7/16 inches in length. The elongated pouch 31 has a pouch top opening 32 and is adapted to receive a plurality of lottery related sheets. In particular, the lottery related sheets preferably are scantron sheets. The elongated pouch 31 may be comprised of a polymeric material. The elongated pouch 31 ranges in height from 8⅝ to 9 inches and ranges in length from 3⅝ to 4 inches. The top opening 32 of the elongated pouch 31 ranges in width from ⅛ to ¼ inches and is adapted to receive and house at least ten scantron sheets. The elongated pouch 31 may be removably housed within elongated slot 29. Alternatively, the elongated pouch 31 is permanently fixed within elongated slot 29. Each of the lottery ticket pouches 27 and the elongated pouch 31 optionally includes a notch (51 and 52, respectively, see FIG. 3) located at the top opening 28 and the pouch top opening 32, respectively, for easy access to the lottery tickets and the lottery related sheets, respectively, housed therein.

In addition, the lottery organizer kit includes a spinner 33. The spinner 33 may be fixed onto the second interior portion 23. The spinner 33 is comprised of a rotating arrow 34 and a number face plate 35. The number face plate 35 has a central portion 36 and an outer perimeter 37 having numbers. The rotating arrow 34 is located on the central portion 36 and rotates about the outer perimeter 37 when rotation force is applied to the rotating arrow 34. The rotating arrow 34 stops at random numbers located on the outer perimeter 37 and aids the player in choosing his or her game playing numbers. The rotating arrow 34 of the spinner 33 ranges from ¾ to 2 inches in length. The number face plate 35 of the spinner 33 has a diameter proportionate to the rotating arrow 34, ranging from ¾ to 2 inches. The numbers on the outer perimeter 37 of the number face plate 35 may range from 1 to 52. The numbers on the outer perimeter 37 of the number face plate 35 may have any numbers which represent a particular state or country's lottery system in any language. The lottery organizer kit may include an LCD digital solar powered device which will pick numbers in groups of any numbers or single numbers of which device may be in any language.

The lottery organizer kit also includes a quarter slot 38 that is adapted to house a quarter. Optionally, the quarter slot 38 is located on the first interior portion 21 of the first panel 11. The quarter slot 38 has walls and a bottom to form a quarter pocket 39. The quarter pocket 39 is adapted to receive a quarter. The quarter received and housed in the quarter pocket 39 is utilized to scratch-off the polymeric coating located on scratch-off playing game cards. The quarter pocket 39 may contain written indicia thereby reading “lucky coin”, or the like. The quarter slot 38 and visa vie quarter pocket 39 has a length ranging from 1 to 1½ inches and a height ranging from ¾ to 1½ inches. The quarter operates as a scratching device when the player is playing scratch-off lottery game cards.

The lottery organizer kit also includes an interior loop 40 for holding a pencil 41. The interior loop 40 is located between the first panel 11 and second panel 12. The interior loop 40 is comprised of a first interior slot 42 and a second interior slot 43. The first and second interior slots, 42 and 43, respectively, are located at least ¼ an inch apart, and preferably at least 1 inch apart. The pencil 41 is housed in the first and second interior slots, 42 and 43, respectively, of the interior loop 40 and is specifically utilized to fill out game playing sheets or scantron sheets. The lottery organizer kit may further include a scratch pad for use with any writing device or dry erase markers.

FIG. 3 is a schematic view showing the lottery ticket pouch 27 and elongated pouch 31 of the lottery organizer kit and method, generally at 50. The lottery ticket pouch 27 is permanently attached to the lottery ticket slots (25 in FIG. 2). The lottery ticket pouch 27 has a height A ranging from 3 to 4 inches tall, and preferably being 4 inches tall to accommodate the height of the typical lottery ticket. The lottery ticket pouch 27 has a length B ranging from 3 to 3½ inches, and preferably being 3½ inches to accommodate the length of the typical lottery ticket. The lottery ticket pouch 27 has a width C ranging from 1/16 to ⅛ inches in width, and preferably being 1/16 inch in width. The lottery ticket pouch 27 optionally has a centrally cut notch 51 for easy removal of lottery tickets. The notch 51 has a depth D of ¼ inch. The elongated pouch 31 is inserted into the elongated slot (29 in FIG. 2) through the elongated opening (30 in FIG. 2). The elongated pouch 31 may be removable and may have a height E ranging from 8⅝ to 9 inches, and preferably having a height of 8⅝ inches to accommodate the height of the typical scantron sheet. The elongated pouch 31 optionally has a length F ranging from 3⅝ to 4 inches, and preferably having a height of 3⅜ inches to accommodate the height of the typical scantron sheet. The elongated pouch 31 has a width G ranging from ⅛ to ¼ inches and is adapted to receive and house at least ten scantron sheets. Preferably, the elongated pouch 31 has a width of ⅛ inch. This elongated pouch 31 is suitable for storing computer generated scantron sheets. The elongated pouch 31 includes a centrally located notch 52 for easy access to the computer generated slips or other lottery related sheets housed therein. The notch 52 has a depth H of ¼ inch.

Having thus described the invention in rather full detail, it will be understood that such detail need not be strictly adhered to but that various changes and modifications may suggest themselves to one skilled in the art, all falling within the scope of the invention as defined by the subjoined claims.