A scratch-card is a relatively small card, which is normally comprised of a paper-based card for competitions and plastic to conceal PINs (Personal Identification Number). In these cards, at least one area contains concealed information which can be revealed, simply by scratching off the covering.
A scratch-card is known as different names in different places. These include a scratch-off, a scratch ticket, a scratcher, a scratchie, a scratch-it, a scratch game, scratch and win, instant game or instant lottery.
The cards are often sold for gambling, commonly for lottery games and quizzes although football scratch cards are also sometimes available. There are free of charge cards for quizzes, fraudulent free cards encouraging calls to premium rate phone services.
In most scenarios, the entire ‘scratchable area’ must be scratched to see whether a prize has been won, which will be revealed under the covering paper.
It is possible for contestants to play no deposit scratch cards where they gain a free £10 welcome bonus but are committed to playing the game beyond that point.
Lottery scratch cards – or lotto scratch cards – are played with the hope of winning the prize money, or one of the various secondary prizes. Punters look for the best scratch cards to buy, where the potential rewards are the biggest.
They can also play online scratch cards. The first version of this dates back to 1974 when Scientific Games Corporation came up with the first computer-generated instant lottery game. The American company, who now provide gambling products and services to lottery and gambling organizations worldwide, were led by an impressive duo.
John Koza was a computer scientist who once studied at Stanford University, while Daniel Bower was a well known retail promotions specialist. Since their work on this computer lottery game, the idea has grown and grown.