Scratch & Win tickets are easy and give players an instant result. Learn more about these games of chance and how to keep it safe and fun for everyone.
Scratch & Win games are random, so how likely is it that a player will win? Is it possible to predict a win every time you play?
Scratch & Win odds vary from one game to another. On average, the odds of winning are approximately 1 in 4, but it doesn’t mean that if you purchase four tickets that one will be the winner. Even if you buy tickets in bulk, you might only have losing tickets. Winning and losing tickets are randomly distributed across the province or nationally, depending on the game. That’s the fun of it!
The odds of winning can also vary based on two considerations: the number of tickets printed and the number of prizes available for a game. After a game is released, the numbers of purchased tickets and prizes collected have a great impact on predicting the odds of a game.
Scratch & Win games can make a perfect present for friends and family, especially around the holiday season. The tickets are easy to buy and simple to send, and they provide instant excitement as the receiver discovers if they won. With BCLC’s Tech the Halls contest, they may even have extra chances to win great prizes with just a single Scratch & Win ticket.
It's important to remember that Scratch & Win is a form of gambling, which means it’s not for kids.
For most people gambling is simply entertainment, but it does come with a degree of risk. When a lottery ticket is given as a gift by a parent or other family member, a child interprets it as a safe thing to do.
Research has found that many adults with a gambling problem started as kids, and early gambling experiences, including lottery products, are a risk factor for later problems. Here are a few more interesting facts:
- Youth gambling is a lot more common than most people realize. Young people report their first gambling experiences occurring around 9 to 11 years of age.
- Around 60 percent of high school–aged adolescents report having gambled for money during the past year.
- Four to six percent of adolescents have a serious problem with gambling, and 10 to 14 percent of adolescents are at risk of developing a problem.
If you’re concerned about the gambling habits of a young person in your life, there are ways you can help. Visit our Resources for Families page to find out more.
#GiftSmart — don’t give Scratch & Win to kids
If one of your gift-giving traditions is to put a Scratch & Win ticket in a kid’s birthday card or stocking, it’s time to try something else. Tastes and trends change very year, but there are always timely and timeless gift options for young people. Here are just a few ideas:
- A subscription to a kid-friendly magazine
- A Polaroid-style instant camera
- A board game or card game
- Retro activity toys like juggling balls, a Rubik’s cube or yo-yo
- A jigsaw puzzle of a pet or a favourite photo
- Mini LEGO kits, toy cars or dolls
- A backpack or pencil case
- A DIY dessert-making kit
- Skipping rope, sidewalk chalk or bubbles
- A gift card to their favourite book store
When celebrating the holidays or any other special occasion, please #giftsmart and remember that Scratch & Win, like all gambling products, are for adults 19 years of age and older — never for kids.