Periodically I play the Lotto. There's no money involved - just fabric.
One of the Lottos I participate in is one at the Sunshine Online Quilt Guild. Each month there is a theme and if you want to join in you make 12 inch blocks with your interpretation of the theme. The blocks are made in multiples of two. One block goes into the drawing and the other goes to the lady who runs the Lotto to make quilts for Wrap-A-Smile or Quilts Beyond Borders. If you are a winner you are free to do as you wish with the blocks.
The October theme was Sunshine and I won 16 blocks.
I made 20 Flying Geese and used 15 of the Sunshine blocks to make this quilt top 42 x 60.
The other Lotto is Block Lotto. There's a block of the month and if you participate you can make as many blocks for the drawing as you wish up to the maximum.
A Nine Patch Star was the block of the month for November. I wasn't a winner so I now get to send them to the ladies who did win.
December's Block Lotto block of the month is a scrappy six inch Sawtooth Star in blue or purple. I made the maximum of nine blocks. Do you think I'll be a winner or loser in December? I think I'll be a winner. You know...the power of positive thinking...
Both Lottos give me an opportunity to try new blocks and new color combinations and very often use scraps. Every once in awhile I win some blocks and have fun figuring out how to set them. I also have fun looking at all the fabrics everyone used in their blocks.