State lottery officials staying with Duck Dynasty

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Arizona State lottery officials are sticking with Duck Dynasty.

Despite the controversy swirling around the comments of a cast member, representatives for the Arizona lottery said Friday they're not getting rid of a lottery game scratcher card based on the hit TV show.

"There are no plans to pull A&E's Duck Dynasty Scratchers ticket from the marketplace," said Karen Bach, director of budget, products and communications for the Arizona Lottery in a statement to 3TV.

The Arizona state lottery introduced the card earlier this year where players get a shot at winning a $10,000 grand prize.

But inflammatory comments about gays, blacks and women by the show's family patriarch, Phil Robertson, have some calling for the state to pull the game cards immediately.

"I don't think as a state we should condone those comments with a state approved lottery, I think we need to do away with the cards and focus on attracting tourism and staying away from controversy," said Lawrence Robinson, an attorney who works closely with a statewide civil rights organization, Equality Arizona."