Play ScratchCards Online

According to reports a quarter of of British people buy a scratchcard at least once a month (Lottoland) but despite this the humble scratchcard doesn't quite hit the same dizzy heights online as slots and bingo. We're not quite sure they've been such a difficult genre why but in truth scratchies have had an interesting online history. Following the success of online bingo, at least when it launched, a number of dedicated scratchcard sites launched. These included the likes of Prime Scratchcards, Scratch2Cash, Top Scratch, Karamba, Hopa and Big Money Scratch.

The problem with many of the games these sites offered was that they lacked any real quality. They were quite basic "click to reveal" to see if you matched three symbols on a 3x3 grid. They lacked any kind of excitement factor or value for money! The only real attraction was a no deposit bonus but once that stopped being an option scratchcard sites died a death. This result in many of these sites either falling by the way side or turned themselves into more slot/casino focused sites. Scratch2Cash is still running for example and still references itself as "The World's No.1 Online Scratch Games site".

National Lottery Scratchcards

One of the reasons why the basic scratchies struggled was the arrival of The National Lottery's online game cards. They offered players access to a wide range of instant win games and scratchcards. Many of these games are usually quite detailed so instead of just scratching at a simple panel, you may have to select letters or roll a dice. This level of interactivity makes the games more interesting but they can be expensive to play.

The good news is that the price point is now between 1 and 5. You may be able to try each game for free in demo mode when you login. We did used to review The National Lottery games such as Bejeweled Hypercash and Monopoly. However The National Lottery stopped wanting to affiliate with sites so we stopped wanting to spend our time and energy looking at their games. Instead we started to look at instant win games which essentially are scratchcards but without the scratching.

Best Place To Play

More recently we've noted that bingo and casino sites are putting new life into both instant win and scratchcard gaming. William Hill Games for example has some excellent games including games such as Home And Away, Mega Pots, The Price Is Right, Deal Or No Deal What's In Your Scratchcard, At The Races, Breaking Bad, Cleopatra and Viva Scratch Vegas. Similar games can be found at the likes of Sky Vegas!

Drop in on any bingo or slot brand today and you'll more than likely find a Slingo section. Slingo is a mix of slots/bingo but essentially it's an instant win game. There are multiple versions of Slingo and the makers of the game also have created Slingo Reveal, Baking Bonanza and Wheely Wheely Big Win. For genuine scratchcard games you might want to head to Tombola Arcade. Hit the scratch section to play space, pirate or animal themed games from just 5p a ticket.

Free Scratch Cards

Opportunities to play scratchcards for free and win real cash are long gone. However there are free to play scratchcard and instant win games on offer daily at a variety of sites. For example players who have made a deposit of at least 10 can play a choice of games at Jackpotjoy. These games include Tiki's Catch Of The Day, Doubly Bubbly, Daily Paper and Rainbow Riches Daily Rainbows. The same games can also be played at Jackpotjoy's sister sites. Note that you will have to deposit at each site to qualify for the free games.

Joining the free game section is Tombola Arcade. By registering with Tombola and giving them your mobile number you can login each week for the chance to win a share of cash prizes. These games have included Trio, Worlds and 4Free. In our view if you're a big fan of instant wins and scratchcards as well as good value then Tombola Arcade is the best option. We wish that other sites would follow in Tombola's footsteps and offer better value to players.