An Eastern New Mexico University graduate has displayed her art in 1,100 locations, worked with rock band KISS and made her mark on the New Mexico Lottery.
Jessica Quintana, who graduated from ENMU in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in fine arts, designed the new popular KISS scratchers.
"They were fun," she said.
Lottery spokeswoman Linda Hamlin said the KISS lottery game launched June 22, and within four days, 80 percent of the 1,100 New Mexico Lottery retailers had the tickets on display and for sale. That is one of the fastest responses, she said.
Hamlin said the lottery has received e-mails from people around the country and around the world asking if they could buy KISS lottery tickets. People can only buy the game in New Mexico, except for the tickets Hamlin found for sale on eBay for $10 and $50.
Official retailers sell the KISS tickets for $5 each.
Hamlin said the KISS scratchers got started when lottery CEO Tom Romero, a KISS fan, invited the band to be featured in a lottery game in December. Because the group's image is licensed, the designers needed to work with the members on the tickets.
Quintana, a veteran in working with licensed material, created tickets with photos from the band, received approval from lottery employees and sent the designs to the KISS manager.
The manager sent the designs on to KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. Quintana said the group was on tour in Europe, but responded in about three days, compared to the three weeks some licensers take.
Quintana received messages saying "Gene" and "Paul" each wanted a different guitar used.
"That was really surreal to feel I was on a first-name basis with these superstars," she said.