Finding a great scratchcard, with a huge jackpot and at a reasonable price is not as easy as you think.
With £10 scratchcards no longer in circulation in the UK, the most you can now pay for one, in a shop, is £5.
The good news is that at just £3 the Cashword Bonus scratch card is even cheaper. Themed on a traditional crossword, this is a bonus word game.
How To Play Cashword Bonus Scratchcard?
If you’ve decided to buy a national lottery scratchcard as a little treat to yourself then of course you will want to know how to play it.
We all know that you need to scratch the panels in order to reveal the symbols and hopefully that wins you some cash.
However, these days scratchcards can be a little overwhelming as more and more bonus games get added.
We’re not complaining of course, as more games equals more chances of winning, but we also understand that some of them are not very straightforward.
The first thing you need to know about the Cashword Bonus scratch card is that there is a prize table in the top left-hand corner and two play areas on it.
They are a Bonus Game and the main game.
Bonus Game: This is on the left-hand side of the card and has four gold bar symbols on it. You need to find the ‘crossed fingers’ symbol to win the amount revealed in the box.
Main Game: This is the tricky bit and you need to pay close attention so you don’t miss out on any letters.
Essentially you are given 18 different letters in the ‘Your Letters’ box which is the one with all the £ symbols.
First off, you have to scratch that panel to get the letters.
Once those 18 letters are revealed, you scratch ONLY those letters if they appear in the WORD GRID below.
The idea is that as you scratch off the letters, you manage to clear complete words on the crossword.
The more words you clear, the more you win. Check the prize table on the card for the corresponding prize.
The top prize on offer for the Cashword Bonus scratchcard is £300,000.
Only four cards in circulation, from the initial run, have that prize.
To win it you need to reveal 12 full words from the crossword. Believe me, that is not as easy as it seems!
The next biggest prize available is £10,000. And while that is not an insignificant amount of money, other cards do offer £100,000 so the jump from ten grand to £300K is quite a big gap.
There are eight £10K prizes in circulation from the initial run – you just have to scratch off 11 full words to win one of them.
Chances Of Winning
According to the National lottery, this scratch card has a 1 in 3.48 overall chance of winning a prize.
The lowest prize on offer is £3 but with 36 different potential cash prizes, the amount you can win reaches a whopping £300K.
Now before you get too excited, I should point out that from the 24,146,520 Cashword Bonus scratch cards printed in the initial run, only FOUR contained the top prize.
So the reality is that you have a one in six million chance of scooping the top prize.
Of course, you have a much better shot at bagging a smaller amount of either £3 or a £3 bonus as between them, there were over 2.2 million of them in circulation.
Like all scratchcards, the higher the potential prize, the less chance you have of winning it.
But don’t let that stop you because somebody does have to win the top jackpot prize and there’s no reason why that cannot be you!
How Many Prizes Left On Cashword Bonus Scratchcard?
As we’ve already mentioned, the Cashword Bonus scratch card has four top jackpots of £300,000.
At the time of writing this and according to the National Lottery, three of those top prizes are still waiting to be won.
You can claim on a winning card even after they have gone out of circulation. Any money won must be claimed before the end of the 180th day after the closing date of the relevant games.
As far as bonus games go, the one on this card is fairly standard. You simply scratch the panels and you’ve either won or you haven’t.
There really isn’t a lot more that can be done with a static, real-world card.
So if it is bonus games that you are after, you might be better trying some online scratchcards which do have extra bonus games, increasing your chances of bagging a prize.
Quite often their jackpots are also bigger than those available on the high street.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Whether you’ve bought the card as a treat or perhaps a gift to pop in a friend’s birthday card, you should know that it is still a form of gambling as such there are game rules and regulations.
Procedures apply and they can be viewed at retailers and on the National Lottery website at national-lottery.co.uk.
Prizes between £1 and £100 can be claimed at a retailer or a local post office but check the National Lottery website if you are lucky enough to have won a much bigger prize as you may have to complete a Claim Form.
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