The quick answer to the question ‘Does Anyone Win Online Scratch Cards?’ is YES! Nevertheless, a complete response will take a little longer to deliver. If you want to find which people win, where they play and how much they’ve won – read on.
HOW IT STARTED
The worlds first scratch card was designed by Scientific Games in 1978. This new form of gamble proved popular with the public, and when online casinos launched around 2002, virtual scratch cards were included along with Blackjack games and slots.
In many ways, scratch cards were the perfect game for online players. The gameplay was simple and familiar, even to a casual gamer. Since the first online cards hit the net, the graphics, sounds and jackpots have got bigger and better year on year.
One of the first gaming companies to pioneer online scratch cards was Jackpot Joy. The brand is better known as a bingo provider today. However, the UK focused website has always carried a wide selection of virtual scratch-off games. One of their most popular cards was the ‘Deal Or No Deal’ themed game which mirrored the popular TV show of the same name.
As the popularity of online casinos began to grow, other providers like Betfred, Paddy Power and Mecca started to see the potential in offering a broad range of instant win games. Today you can find online cards at nearly every online portal, and the National Lottery provides real-world cards in the United Kingdom.
Now you know how scratch cards got started; you’re probably wondering who wins these games? Well, let’s take a look at the lucky people who landed a big jackpot.
In 2019 a chef won £1 million playing the National Lottery scratch card game online. Didzis Pirags, a pub cook, decided to spend the £6.50 he had left in his National Lottery online account on the Merry Millions Instant Win game. He scooped the top prize and immediately put a deposit down for a four-bedroom house!
Miss Kimberley C
Kimberley, a player at Jackpot Joy, scooped a massive win while playing the popular scratch card game ‘Gold Fever’. The game allows players to pick one of six cards; each has varying costs and jackpots.
The top prize on Gold Fever is a cool £30,000! Kimberley didn’t hit the big one, but she did land £10,000. When asked what she was going to do with her winnings, Miss Kimberley C said: “I would have lots to do with it however it is all going towards helping my Dad.”
Paddy Power £250,000 Winner
An anonymous player at Paddy Power won a quarter of a million while playing the £10 scratch cards at the popular online portal. The win came in 2020, and Paddy Power announced the news on their blog.
The player from Norfolk won the jackpot playing the £250k Scratch Card, which offers five games on one card. Paddy Power advises that the game card offers a 91.56% RTP (Return To Player) rate.
WHERE TO PLAY
Now you’ve read about the winners; you’re probably wondering where you can play for big Jackpots.
One of the best places to play is Paddy Power; they have several games with sizable prize pools.
The Goonies Scratch card features a jackpot worth £250,000, but the giant sizes game at Paddy Power is ‘King Kong Cash’ with a whooping £1 million+ prize fund.
Paddy Power is one of the most trusted names in sports betting and online cash gaming. It’s regulated in the UK and features a great selection of games for scratch card fans.
Mecca has over thirty scratch card games to play. Including big-name titles like Love Island, Ghostbusters and Wheel Of Fortune. You’ll also be able to play Mecca’s unbelievable selection of bingo games too.
The main game at Mecca is the ‘Deal Or No Deal’ scratch card. The game is part of the Jackpot King Network; this gives players the chance to win a massive progressive jackpot total – the prize pool often exceeds over £1 million!
NOT EVERYONE CAN WIN!
A word of warning about winning: if everyone who played online scratch card won, the companies offering the games would go bust! It might seem obvious, but not everyone who plays can win.
Both online and real-world Scratch cards are a game of chance, and the odds of winning any prize is low. The odds of you winning a jackpot are even lower. Remember to keep your stakes low and never chase losses. We have a full article on tips for playing online scratch cards here.