Scratch Card App Gives Players Winning Edge

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.


Teens Triumphant Scratch Card Tale

For one lucky teen it seems a rare splash out on scratch cards has landed him an absolutely massive jackpot.

Jack Tanbini, 18, from Dundee and a cash and carry apprentice at Batley’s has won an amazing jackpot of £100,000 from just one scratchcard.

After helping to unpack the stock in Glens Newsagents on Clepington Road, young Jack tried to buy some crisps but the store manager gave him his pound back and his snack for free. He then decided to spend his spare pound on a spur of the moment purchase of a Purple National Lottery Scratch card.

But little did he know that this card would net him the top jackpot prize of £100,000.

Jack told how he was so shocked when he saw the three matching symbols that he had to get the shopkeeper, his colleague and then the store machine to confirm what they were all seeing. He told reporters: “I still didn’t believe it.”

Jack explained how he only played scratch cards very rarely and that the one he had purchased was just a “one off”.

However he didn’t call up Camelot straight away to claim his winnings instead the Dundee youth went back to work and continued with his day as normal. That is until his boss told him to go home and sort everything out after he was overheard mentioning to a few of his friends at work about his unexpected win.

Jack said: “They gave me a day off, it still hasn’t sunk in.”

The lucky Dundonian currently lives at home with his mother, four older brothers, one younger brother and a younger sister. He’s also an avid Celtic fan and loves playing various types of computer games.

However, Jack doesn’t plan on burning through his winnings straight away like most jackpot winners tend to do on fancy cars, big houses and extravagant luxuries.

Instead his plans are far more modest. Young Jack has said he plans to give some of his winnings to his mother, and then he will spend some of his money on driving lessons.

He also mentioned he is currently planning on buying his first car with his winnings, there’s also apparently a long overdue holiday for him and his family currently in the works.

Jack has also said that he’ll put the rest of winnings in a savings account in order to save for his future.


Scratch Card Shenanigans

For one intrepid thief it seems a lucky break of a vast fortune just wasn’t on the cards, because Police have recently arrested a Shillington man for stealing £735 worth of scratch cards from a local shop.

Christopher Harris, 31 from Woodmer Close, Shillington, took the cards from his local village shop after he noticed the owner wasn’t keeping an eye on the store.

Prosecutor Jason Wolf described Mr Harris’s actions to Bedford Magistrates Court.

He told them how whilst out walking his dog one morning Mr Harris noticed the store’s owner had disappeared into the back room for a few minutes. It was from here that he launched his plan of action.

Between February 14th and February 18th, Harris went to the store between eight and nine times to steal the popular £5 scratch cards whilst the owner was unaware in the other room.

Harris would simply cash in the winning cards and throw the losing ones in a nearby bin.

However, he wasn’t winning particularly much from his five-finger-discount shopping spree, his total profit from the cards totalled up as only £40.

Harris’s downfall eventually came about when he was repeatedly seen on the store CCTV removing the cards from the counter.

Police launched an enquiry with Harris as their main suspect; he was quickly apprehended shortly after he was spotted on CCTV prolifically pinching the cards.

However, Mr Harris’s defender, a Miss Sarah Colby has said that Harris’s actions were not down to greed but because he was suffering from a mounting debt that he was struggling to pay off. She also brought the courts attention to the fact that he currently shares a three bedroom house with his mother but they were hit hard by the bedroom tax because of their spare room.

She pleaded with the magistrate saying her client: “Did it not out of greed but desperation.”

Harris has since decided to plead guilty to one charge of stealing from the store.

Bedford Magistrates Court have ordered him to pay over £735 back to the store as compensation for the scratch cards he stole.

Harris will also be serving an extensive community order for up to 18 months, which will involve a thinking skills workshop plus other programs.

Plus for the next three months, Harris will be under a strict curfew where he has to be indoors from 10pm until 6am.


Scratch Card Scams Reported In Malaysia!

There’s no doubt about it there has been far more news in recent years about some kind of scratch card scams in the UK but it has been reported that Malaysia also seem to have this problem! From 2011 – it appears that there has been a total of 1,540 scratch and win scams reported to the Claims Tribunal which is definitely a large amount!

Datuk Hasan Malek is the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister made a written response to Teresa Kok clarifying there has been 456 claims in 2011, 598 in 2012 and a total of 486 dating to August in 2013. Judging by those figures there has been a noticeable increase and remember this is only with reported claims! Hasan Malek made it quite clear that the Ministry is doing everything they can to monitor this and are conducting random checks to try and limit this issue. He also commented that he has ensured that there has been legislative action to try and resolve this issue:

“An amendment to the Trade Description Act 2011, which was enforced since November 2011, states the exact penalty under Section 20, in relation to fake or confusing statements on contests and games, including scratch and win”

This change will allow the Ministry to take more effective action should these scams come up. This would include people who mislead consumers to purchase scratch cards under false pretences of certain prizes or gifts. It also includes people who input unreasonable terms and conditions with their scratch card offerings making it pretty much impossible for people to claim prizes. Another important way to catch these people is to ensure that the public report anything that they see to the authorities so that action can be taken against them. Of course if nobody knows about it – there is nothing that can be done.

As this is a recurring problem in most countries where gambling has been legalised it’s good to see that there are people looking to stamp out this crime and make a change. It looks as if Hasan Malek has a strategic plan in place and is already implementing it – let’s hope the reports for next year go down dramatically. Be careful folks – there could always be some kind of scam afoot!


Millionaire Scratchcard At Bet365

We’ve all seen Who Wants to Be A Millionaire and for most of us the best we can do is shout at the tv when somebody gives a stupid answer but now you have the opportunity to play the game in the online scratch card format which could win you some big cash prizes.

It may not make you a million but you could walk away with £12,500 depending on how much you play for and that’s the great thing about this online scratchie from Bet365 Games, it doesn’t matter whether you have oodles of cash to throw around or you’re working within a tighter budget, this game can be adapted to suit you.

The minimum you can play for is 50p per card and then it increase all the way up to £5 per card. If you play for a smaller amount then the jackpot is smaller but you do make you money go further.

The game is more advanced than some of the more ordinary scratchcard and in total there are 11 different icons and symbols that you could potentially get three of to win a prize. So if you scratch off three cheques then you win 50p (if you’re playing for 50p) all the way up to three Pound symbols which will earn you £1,250 – again if you’re playing for 50p.

There are 11 different boxes to be scratched off and you can opt to this manually or just click on ‘Reveal All’ at which point the game will do this for you automatically – it’s completely up to you but I kind of like the anticipation of individually scratching them off.

It’s not the cheapest online scratch card available but it is a nit more interactive and interesting than some of the others I’ve played and I think Bet365 Games have got the balance between cost and value spot on.

So if online scratchcards with great jackpots are your thing then this is definitely a game worth checking out!


Van Driver Lands £1 Million Scratch Card

When we hear about scratch card winner’s stories its normal to think that will never happen to me – but this latest news story was a complete inspiration! Craig Fielding is a van driver from Swindon who has just scooped a massive £1 million win from a lottery scratch card!

He decided to make a stop at an off licence in Wigan whilst working and randomly decided to purchase a scratch card. Craig who is 44 has bought scratch cards in the past and has won a couple of hundred pounds before – but of course nothing like this! He said reminiscing about the day:

“When I scratched it in the shop, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. It was an amazing moment. I called the assistant over to look and we were both just glued to the spot, stunned. The assistant scanned the card and it just said the prize could not be paid and I needed to call Camelot.”

Too excited to carry on working – he decided to stop his deliveries that day and head home – to be fair – who could blame him! He asked his wife to take a guess as to how much he had won – where initially she started guessing from a few hundred and then reached the £250,000 mark. Craig then asked her to quadruple it! The couple are still so excited about the win they aren’t 100% sure as to what they are going to spend all the cash on although Craig has said that he would like to make himself mortgage free and purchase a new car. In terms of what his partner Andrea wants – Craig stated:

If it was left to Andrea I think she would be spending lots of the money on scatter cushions – she is really house proud and loves all of the finishing touches, particularly scatter cushions”

Maybe not the best investment but if you just won a million – you would definitely want to be a bit frivolous! Thinking long term – Craig has decided to keep working at his current job as has Andrea. He commented that they both love their jobs. Of course £1 million is a lot of money but maybe not enough to live off of forever. Congratulations to the pair and good luck with all that cash!

If you wanna try your hand at winning a mega jackpot scratch card then head over to Jackpot Joy.

Misleading Scratch Card

Kennewick Man To Fight State Lottery

A man from Kennewick, Washington, is planning on taking the Washington State Lottery in court over a scratch card payout which didn’t work out as planned. There are often subtle, unread rules and stipulations on physical and online scratch cards alike, but it doesn’t usual cause this much of an issue.

Ken Goldsmith recently purchased one of the latest scratch card releases, the Red Hot 5s card and thought he had won the a massive $55,555 by scratching away to reveal a matching number. However, when he had the card scanned at a lottery kiosk, it came up on the system as a loser.

The 55 year old immediately contacted the lottery office in Olympia to inquire about why it had not been a winner. According to Goldsmith, the telephone operator knew what he was talking about before he even mentioned which scratch card he had bought.

On the card, players are told that they must match a number on the card with one of the winning numbers to win that cash prize. It also states that more numbers can be found on the reverse of the card. It does not mention, however, that the numbers on the front and the back are part of two separate games, which turned out to be the main cause of confusion.

The man matched a number on the back of the card to the $55,555 number on the front and thought for certain that he had won. The representatives at the Olympia office told him that the website states that the games are separate and that it should state that fact more clearly on the card. It seems that Ken Goldsmith is not the only person confused.

Arlene Harris, a lottery spokesperson, told him that this card has caused misunderstanding with many players. She went on to say that they are not planning on withdrawing the card from the market due to the cost it would cause. The Red Hot 5s card is the first double-sided card in the US.

After Harris’ acknowledgement of the vagueness of the card, Goldsmith was left very unsatisfied. In his opinion, the rules should be clearly stated on the card as no one goes onto the websites to check the rules.

Goldsmith plans to challenge the issues in court. He has requested that the Washington State bar Association recommend a lawyer to represent him.

Online Scratch Card

How A £1 Scratch Card Changed Her Life

Most of us buy a scratch card from time to time and some slightly more regularly. Most of us play these games with the realistic hope of maybe winning one of the smaller prizes, which you are obviously much more likely to come across. Lindsay McMillan, from Surrey, certainly had not set her hopes that high when indulging in a bit of online scratch card action and was speechless with she realised she had stumbled across a £28,000 winning online scratch card.

People often question online scratch cards about whether they ever actually pay out their advertised jackpot prizes. However, this story restores faith in this sort of online games.

While explaining how she felt following her realisation of her amazing win, Lindsay described that she could not actually believe she had won. It seemed too good to be true. She kept checking and rechecking the screen to make sure she had not made a mistake. The worst thing in this scenario would be to get your hopes up before realising you had not actually won. But she was right and had won the huge jackpot. The Surrey girl had received smaller wins in the past but never anything near £28,000.

The win came at a particularly good time for Lindsay as her husband had recently been made redundant, which meant they had to cancel their family holiday and other luxuries in an attempt to save money. However, with £28K in the bank, the girl is planning on going on that holiday to Spain or Cyprus and stashing some funds away for a rainy day. She explained how good it feels to have some money sitting there to fall back on.

Lindsay had been a member of the major online scratch card site for the past 2 years and likely to play as a hobby in her spare time. She describes how you get value for money with online scratch cards and prizes and payouts are much higher than other forms of online gambling. As long as people limit what they can afford to lose, anyone could enjoy playing online scratch cards. She enjoys the instant format of the game as opposed to the slightly more drawn out format of online bingo games. This £1 instant scratch card changed her life.

Lots of these sites offer jackpots of up to £1million. Hearing stories like this does make it tempting to give it a go…

Bet365 New Scratch Cards

New Power Cash Scratch Card At Bet365 Games

We all know that bet365 is one of the biggest brands in the online gaming industry so they have a lot to live up to, right? Well they are always bringing out brand new promotions and games to keep us entertained and scratch card fans listen up as there is a new scratchie in town that will blow your socks off! Power Cash is their latest addition and with a possible jackpot of £20K up for grabs!

You can of course find this game in the instant wins section and if you want to try before you buy – bet365 Games are super generous to allow you to have a free play first! It suits any kind of wagering requirements whether you are a penny pincher or a high roller. You can bet for as little as 25p straight up to £140 if you are in it for the big bucks. There are a total of 7 lines that you can bet on – and you will be presented with the familiar symbols that we have all come to know and love from traditional fruit machines. So look out for those juicy bunches of grapes and shiny gold bells!

Playing is super easy all you have to do is match 3 symbols to get a win! You can manipulate your line price and number of lines easily and the Power Cash game will display your total bet plus your total wins if you are luck on the bottom of the window. If you are feeling a little on the lazy side you can always hit autospin – and the card will do the work for you! There is fun background music and sound effects – but don’t worry if you would rather not have them around – you can turn them on and off at the touch of a button!

If you are new to bet365 Games – you will definitely love the treat they have in store for you. They offer their newbies a 150% welcome bonus – so if you deposit just £10 – you will have a whopping £25 to spend! With oodles of scratchcards at their disposal you can treat yourself to an array of games – with all of your free bonus funds! Fancy scooping £20K – check out Power Cash now!

Mobile Scratch Card App

Mobile Scratch Start-up Raises $7.7m

In 2012 it came to our attention that a number of IT developers were creating online scratch card apps for mobile devices. These apps were primarily used for commercial purposes to promote the business interests of large companies. A number of different mobile scratch card apps were released to US mobile device users in 2012, with fast food being a popular business type. Although there was lots of US examples, there weren’t really any worth mentioning in the UK. Hopefully this will change in the future as UK marketers start to become aware of the promotional power that scratch cards hold. In the meantime, however, we have news of an exciting development in mobile scratch apps from the US.

Fun at the Core

A start-up developer called Front Flip has managed to acquire $7.7 million worth of funding. The funding did not seem too difficult acquire with the company easily hitting their target. The start-up was very open about its strategy of making mobile scratch apps even more fun than they had been before. Overall the aim is to try and provide the user with a playable and engaging experience. The start-up said that mobile scratch apps often made users feel like they were completing a task rather than having fun. It seems like an obvious strategy to take, but it is good to see that some developers are keeping this in mind.

Reward Loyal Customers

Front Flip is going to be suitable for both Android and Apple users, making it a perfect way for initiating a cutting-edge rewards programme for loyal customers. The way it will work is that customers scan QR codes in-store using their mobile device and in return they will be sent a mobile scratch card. They then have to scratch off the digital panel with their finger like they would a normal scratch card. In the scratch card there can be prizes and loyalty rewards for them to reveal. In the case of a café, users would be given free drinks or perhaps a small snack to enjoy.

Big Names Signed Up

Front Flip has experienced rapid growth in terms of investment, but the same can also be said for its client list. Already Front Flip has signed up massive US clients like Burger King, McDonalds, FKC and Wendy’s among others. Hopefully the UK catches on and starts giving all of us free things through scratch cards.