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Scratch & Win cards can be as simple as scratching and winning (hence the name!). To play, you simply:

 

  1. Choose a Scratch & Win ticket from your local lottery retailer.
  2. Scratch the play area to reveal the numbers or symbols and see if they match. Make sure to check the instructions on the back of your ticket as games may vary from one to another.
  3. Check your ticket to see if you’ve won or lost.

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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. 

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Buying multiple tickets improves your chances of winning.

Not true. Tickets are distributed randomly and there's no way to know which retailer gets the jackpot or smaller prize tickets. Even if someone purchases multiple tickets, they could still end up with all losing tickets.

Retailers know which tickets are winners and sell them to friends, family or staff.

There are strict security procedures in place to ensure that no one knows where a winning ticket will end up. Scratch & Win games are totally random and that’s what makes them fun.

The thickness of the white line between tickets guarantees a win every time.

Nope. The white line on the bottom of a ticket happens when they’re detached. Some have a thicker line simply because of the type of paper or printing procedure used.