You can, of course, buy scratch cards at any Lotto shop. Smart players choose online scratch cards. Namely, online scratch cards offer a fair number of advantages compared to the paper version:
- Payout percentages are considerably higher: 90 to 97 percent instead of 45 to 50 percent!
- Higher chances of winning;
- More top main prizes; up to tens of thousands of times your stake.
- Scratches from NZ$ 0.01.
You also save a ride to the Lotto shop. And of course, you have all the benefits that paper scratch cards offer. For example, it is a purely random game. So you don't have to learn a strategy or rules to optimize your chances of winning. You can also win relatively high prizes with low bets.
Online Scratch Cards: How Does It Work?
Online scratch cards come in all shapes and sizes. The idea is simple: you buy a scratch card and scratch all the squares open. Do you have three of the same symbols? Then you win a prize. The price usually differs per symbol.
Of course, many variations have been devised over the years. Examples of variants are online scratch cards where you:
- Win the prize that appears at a row or column if you scratch a certain symbol or three identical symbols.
- Wins if groups of symbols are identical.
So online scratch cards work exactly the same as the paper scratch cards. Only they are not called 7 Klapper, December Kalender, Klavertje 4 or Flappen Krassen, but Power Cash, Golden Ticket, Lucky 7, and Money Shot. Known scratch cards such as Flappen Krassen, Piggy Bank and the December Calendar can be ordered online, but cannot be played online.
Is There a Strategy for Online Scratch Cards?
Yes and no. Scratching itself is not an art, of course. Just like with paper scratch cards, every scratch card is unique online. You should see a serial number in one of the corners of the scratch card. That is the unique number of scratch cards. The moment you buy the scratch card, it is only a question of open scratches. What is under the scratch layer, of course, is already fixed, and you do not change anything about it.
Of course, it is essential to choose the right scratch cards to play. You must pay attention to:
- Payout percentage: this is the percentage of the stake that is in the prize pool. For online scratch cards, 95 percent or more is a good payout percentage.
- Prizes and odds of winning: do you play for big prizes or for a big chance of winning? Big prizes are harder to win, and the higher the chance of winning, the smaller the prize is, of course.
You increase your chances of winning by choosing the right scratch cards online.
History of Scratch Cards
The very first scratch card ever was released in 1974 by Scientific Games. Scientific Games came up with the scratch card mainly as an alternative, especially traditional lotteries. The most important advantage of a scratch card over traditional lotteries is that a player with a scratch card immediately knows whether a prize has fallen on the ticket. Creator Scientific Games also makes online scratch cards. These are based on well-known slots, such as Scratch Foxin Wins and Scratch Oil Mania.
Scratch tickets quickly became extremely popular, because (just like in a lottery) you have a small chance of winning big prizes with low bets. The very first scratch cards were often equipped with images that did well with the general public, such as Harley Davidson motorcycles and sports heroes from the American baseball, ice hockey or NASCAR competitions.
In New Zeland, the Golden Kivi lottery began in 1961. Scratch cards took an important place among its games.
In 1989 Golden Kiwi was replaced by Instant Kiwi scratch cards in 1989. The game became very popular thanks to its cheapness, immediacy, and favorable odds. In its first year, Instant Kiwi turned over $135 million. Thousands of people have von amazing prises since then.