Called ‘The Instant Game’ the fist scratch card game was launched by the Massachusetts State Lottery in the mid-70s. By the late 80s it started to take off like wildfire all over the world and it was only a matter of time before the scratch card would find its reincarnation online. Yet nobody really believed it could compete with some of the more visual and interactive online games. You cannot even use a real coin to reveal your winnings! many argued. How wrong they were.
Today instant win scratch card games, known in Australia as ‘Scratchies’, are some of the most popular gaming products in the country. One of the reasons for this is because scratch cards are extremely familiar to punters, having been produced and sold by the millions for many decades by the state lotteries in outlets literally on every street corner. And just like the physical product, online Scratchies are also incredibly simple to play and offer an instant alternative to the standard lotteries that only have weekly draws.
Online gamers offer a wide variety of scratch games, all themed to entertain. One of the leading gamers, Swanky Bingo, offers up to fourteen variations of scratch card games with prize money ranging from £1 to £10,000. Swanky Bingo’s range of scratch card games are also growing in popularity because they play so well on mobile devices – the online platform almost the entire wild is moving to at the moment.
While online Scratchies work the same way as those produced by Aussie lottery companies, there are also important differences. For starters the way the prizes are distributed are quite different. Lottery companies only have a set number of prizes. If all of the prizes have been won, there are nothing left to win, even if you buy thousands of tickets. Online Scratchies, however, never run out of winning prizes. Each card is generated with a randomly determined result. So, in theory, any card can be a winner, no matter how many previous cards resulted in a win.