An engineering student who studies at Western University, Ontario, has invented a new app which he claims will advise scratchcard fans on the best way to get the most for their money.
Chris Lange, who is studying fourth year Mechatronics Engineering at the University of London, Ontario, says that the app is designed to enable scratchcard lottery players to make the best informed decision when buying and playing scratchcards. The app, named “Scratch This!” gathers together information which is already publicly available on the Ontario Lottery and Gaming corporation (OLG) website, such as the number and value of remaining prizes for each scratch lottery, as well as the projected number of tickets sold. The app takes this data and uses it to calculate a weighted average, which it then divides by the cost of the ticket. Cards are then given a Scratch This! Score. The higher the score, Lange says, the better value for your money.
However, not everyone is convinced about the app as Lange. OLG have expressed doubts about the app’s effectiveness, and have expressly stated that they will not support any app which claims to improve the player’s chances of winning. They also pointed out that all the information on the app is available on the website, albeit spread across the website, so players could just find out the information for themselves.
Despite OLG’s doubts, Lange remains optimistic, pointing out that the app is not supposed to help player’s to beat the lottery, but rather help them make the best informed decision when purchasing scratchcards, using up to date data which is available online. The app just does the hard sums to work out what the best value for money option is, so the player doesn’t have to. More than anything, Lange believes that this app could be of particular use to regular scratchcard players.
At present, a free trial version of the app is available to download from Google play – the Android app store. The regular full price version can also be bought at a cost of just $4. At present, there has not been enough time to measure the app’s overall success, but Lange remains optimistic, saying that if the reaction is positive, he will be looking to expand his reach into lotteries in other provinces.