# Helpful tips and guidelines for winning scratch card games

No matter what you do, you will lose more than you win on scratch cards. However, learning to make the best choices can help keep you at an advantage. Running away from common mistakes that punters often make will help create extra opportunities and avoid frustration. It will still be a bet, but you can make it a lot more friendly. Below are helpful guides divided into three parts, to learn how to improve your chances of winning on scratch cards.

## PART 1 OF 3: Buying wisely

### Choose a price range.Â

Scratch cards are sold in various styles and designs, but the easiest way to compare them is by price. Generally, tickets cost between \$ 1.00 and \$ 20.00. The most expensive ones cost \$ 5.00 upwards, they give more percentage chances of victory and generally have a higher main prize.

In other words, it may be easier to win with a \$ 1.00 ticket. However, the main prize will probably be a few hundred, and the average prize will be much less. Meanwhile, on any \$ 20.00 ticket, the win rate will be lower, but there is a probability that you will win a lot of money.

### Understand the odds of the game in your price range

Just because some games are more likely to win than others, doesn’t mean that you have a better chance of winning the grand prize.Â

For serious players who want to buy a lot, cheaper tickets with higher chances of winning are generally the best choice, while casual players can do better by buying a more expensive ticket every now and then.

### Study the small print on the back of each scratch card

Compare the chances of some games before choosing which ticket to buy. They are usually listed as a comparison of numbers: 1: 5, or 1:20. This means that one out of every five or 20 tickets will win.

This is not to say that every fifth ticket in a row will award prizes or that in a random sample of 20 tickets, one is sure to win. It means that, in the total number of tickets manufactured and sold in all lotteries in the country, this is the percentage of winners.

There are rarely two winning tickets in a row, but there are at least a few winners in each lot. So, if you know that a winning ticket has already been purchased in a certain lot, stop buying for a few days. This will prevent you from spending money on an almost certain defeat.

Scratch cards are sold with a guaranteed number of winners and losers in each lot. One way to guarantee that you will win is to buy a whole lot. You may end up not making a profit, but you will gain something.

### Wait for the losers

As with other games of chance, long chains of defeats mean that the odds will be much friendlier when you make a purchase at the right time. Try talking to a lottery teller to get good tips on which games have won recently and which haven’t. You won’t necessarily be able to know if a particular ticket has a better chance than another, but you’ll find out whether a game has already paid or not.

### Check the prize levels before purchasing a game

Â Unfortunately, it is perfectly legal to sell scratch cards after all the top prizes have been won. Checking on the lottery page is the simplest way to know that you are not spending money on a losing ticket.

If you have a favourite game and you are thinking about buying some tickets, check out the main prize before going to the lottery. If it is lower than usual, switch to another game in the same price range.

## PART 2 OF 3: Avoiding common mistakes

### Keep the missing tickets.Â

Many places have raffles to which old tickets can be sent. Keep them organized by the game in an envelope and send them to those opportunities when they are announced. Cheer for the best: that losing a ticket can still be worth money.

However, don’t buy a game just because it can be used in a draw later.

### Deliver all the lost tickets

After you have collected a few wins and want to get your prize, also take your losing tickets to be checked by the lottery and make sure you have not missed anything. In games where there are several different ways to win, it can be easy to end up winning and not realizing it. Taking tickets to be computer checked will ensure that you do not accidentally throw away any winning tickets.

### Avoid “surprise kits” or other promotional packages.

Another technique that some sellers use to repack and get rid of old stock is to give discounts on packages made from games in which the main prize has already been paid. While it may seem that you are doing a good deal, understand that the chances of such a ticket winning are limited after the top prizes have already left.Â

### Examine the tickets before purchasing.Â

A Canadian teacher was able to profit from “tic-tac-toe” scratch cards by noting a recurring pattern is winning tickets. If the impression on the outside of a scratch card varies from one to the other, pay attention to it.

The “singleton” method involves looking at the grid of printed numbers immediately to the left of the “tic-tac-toe” scratch cards and analyzing the matrix to look for patterns. If a single number appeared once in the game, it indicated a winner about 60% of the time.

## PART 3 OF 3: Getting ahead

### Set aside a budget for scratch cards and stick to it

Decide how much you can pay in scratch cards per month. This money has to be one that you are willing to lose. After setting a monthly budget, get money for the scratch cards of the surplus, not rent, grocery shopping or other necessary expenses. If you have a separate fund for fun, you can take it out. But resist temptation and never spend more than your budget.Â

### Choose a game you like and stay with it until the prizes are paid

Tickets can reward consistency in the long run. Keep playing the game you chose until the main prize is paid and then switch to another one. This helps to manage the psychological impact of winning and losing. Make it a rule: you cannot play another game because regardless of what you do, playing consistently is one way to stay sane.

## Conclusion

Scratch card games are fun but while these tips can help (and doing some calculations can do even more), playing scratch cards is still betting, and even then you will almost always lose more than you win.

So stop while you’re winning, numbers are not your friends in the long run.Â

Best of luck!