Top Tips To Improve Your Chances Of Winning Scratch Cards

Scratch cards are a fun way to try and earn some quick cash without having to drop too much on purchasing them. However, they are deemed to be a game of pure luck but are there actually ways you can improve your chances of winning on scratch cards?

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Intelligent Buying

The number of scratch cards available these days is mind-boggling and it can be a bit of a mine field for those that are not familiar with them. There are so many different designs, prices, prizes, and brands that it can get very confusing, so keep your focus when buying scratch cards to enhance your chances of winning.

It is too tempting to opt for the cheaper tickets and some people will often buy a number of these. However, they are cheap for a reason. The prize pool is lower. You would be better off buying higher priced scratch cards but in less quantity. Quality over quantity is very true when it comes to scratch cards.

Check the Small Print

This might sound more like advice you would heed when you’re taking out a loan or buying a new HD TV, but it also applies for scratch cards. The small print can often tell you what your odds of winning on that specific card are. So it makes absolute sense to read it. What kind of player wants to opt for longer odds over shorter odds?

Buy in Bulk

One tactic used by scratch card players is to buy their scratch cards in bulk. This is when players will purchase 4-5 scratch cards from the same game in a single trip to the shop as opposed to buying just a single scratch card from a game and making several trips to the shop over a period of time. If you bulk buy then you increase your chances of a win because the odds on hitting a win increase if you buy a number of scratch cards in a row.

The manufacturer will often place a win frequently throughout their scratch cards, so if you bulk buy scratch cards in one purchase, the chance of hitting one of those planted winning scratch cards is going to be higher than if you bought the same number of scratch cards over a period of several purchases.

Play Them Like Slots

Now, this might require you to act a little bit creepier than you would like but it can be very beneficial. Experienced slots players will loiter around machines to wait until players go on a dry spell or a number of players fail to hit a jackpot prize. The long droughts mean that the big jackpot is getting closer.

This will mean you need to hang around a shop or outlet that sells the scratch cards for a bit of time and that could be something you are not entirely comfortable with. Maybe start a conversation with the shop keeper or ask the vendor if they have had any winning tickets being bought lately. Be subtle, but it could be the key to a big win.

Keep Old Tickets

No, this is not for a feeling of nostalgia. There is a damn good reason for this. How many times have you left the house and forgotten to lock the front door? How many times have you forgotten where you’ve put your mobile phone? Simple mistakes. These same basic errors of human habit can also occur with scratch cards. You might breeze through a scratch card and think it’s a loser. Do not bin them! You never know, you might pick up on a mistake you might have made at a later date. In some cases, jackpots are never won, so the manufacturer requests losing tickets to pick a best loser. It can happen! Don’t be the dummy who threw away a winning ticket!

Submit All Losing Tickets

Similar to the above factor. The only way you can be absolutely sure you have not won is if you have your ticket officially checked. Whether it is a missed winning combination or there is simply an error on the card that could make you eligible for some sort of payment. There is always the chance you might have missed something, be it obvious or not.

Study the Scratch Cards

Yes, there is actually a process called the “Singleton Method” that is used by experienced scratch card players where they analyze the layout and design of a scratch card to pick up on patterns that can give clues as to whether a scratch card has certain numbers, symbols, or combinations that can lead to a win. Scratch card manufacturers have caught onto this strategy and a large number now design their scratch cards to work against it, but some manufacturers have not yet taken steps to address it so it is a method still worth pursuing.

Set a Budget and Keep That Budget

You might not win more or less by this tactic, but it’s a safety buffer to keep you from losing more money. It’s easy to become whimsical when it comes to buying scratch cards. You hit a bad run and want to rectify it. Don’t! Set yourself a weekly or monthly budget and make sure you stick to it. This will prevent your spending from making your finances spiral out of control.

Pick a Game and Stick To It

This just seems to make logical sense. If you stick with a game and keep playing it then you will either win, or every losing ticket you play will be one more losing ticket out of the equation. However, if you spread your spending over a number of games then you could just endlessly be hitting losing scratch cards. So pick a game you like and stick to it. In the long run, it’s a much better strategy.


Scratch cards are generally considered to be a game of luck. However, that does not mean there are not methods and strategies you can use to enhance your chances of winning. Ultimately, it does come down to chance but there is no harm in improving your odds of success.