How to play scratch cards

Scratch cards are fun and easy to play and learning how to play scratch cards is really not difficult, especially if you start out with the more basic scratch cards before proceeding to more advanced and complex types.

A traditional offline scratch card is a piece of paper where the playing field (or fields) is covered in a thin non-see through film. The film is usually gray in color and can be easily scraped off using a coin or small piece of plastic. As you scrape off the film, you unveil what's underneath and can immediately see if you have won anything. On most scratch cards, you will also see exactly how much you have won and can get the money in your hand right away by returning the scratch card to one of the many places selling that particular type of scratch card.

One of the most common type of basic scratch cards is the card where you have nine fields, scratch all of them, and hope to get three matching numbers or symbols. These scratch cards tend to have names like Three of a Kind, Triple Scratch, Triple Win, 3Win or something else alluding to three matching symbols or sums required to win something. If the scratch card has sums on it, three $100 will give you a $100 win, three $500 will give you a $500 win, and so on.

More advanced scratch cards may not let you scratch all available fields, forcing your to make a decision and thereby add a new element to the game. With such cards, it is important to familiarize yourself with the rules in advance to avoid scratching too many playing fields since scratching more than the permitted number of fields will render the ticket null and void. When you play this type of scratch card online you do not have to worry however, because the software will prevent you from scratching more than the permitted number of fields.

When the scratch card was invented back in the 1970s the idea was to provide lottery aficionados in the United States with a fast game offering instant gratification. Although most scratch cards stick to this format even today, there are a few exceptions. There is for instance the Swedish “Triss” scratch card sold by the state lottery. This scratch card started out as a basic “three of a kind” scratch card of the type described above, but has since then gone through several changes. Today, the player who unveil three TV screens under the gray film will be invited to a TV-show to scratch a special (huge) scratch card. The player is guaranteed a certain minimal payout, but the payout can be much higher depending on which scratch card the player selects from a stack of huge scratch cards in the TV studio. This scratch card is thus an example of a scratch card where you will not immediately know exactly how much you have won and where you cannot get your hands on your money simply by returning your scratch card to the nighest scratch card seller.