Scratchers is an ongoing series of quilts modeled after scratch-off lottery tickets found on downtown Atlanta’s sidewalks and in its corner stores. The transformation, laborious and precise, is a commentary on the neoliberal failure of social service. The lottery ticket as a symbol, discarded and ripped apart, is the future relic of a system that has not yet fallen. It represents a personal conflict, as the lottery directly funds my tuition through a state scholarship. In imagining the ephemeral as an object of sentiment, we are asked to reflect on the functions that deny and uplift our privileges.