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What Are Online Scratch Cards?

Online scratch cards offer a quick, easy way to play for real money. They’re an online version of traditional paper-based scratch cards available at supermarkets and newsagents across the UK (not to mention in countless other countries worldwide).

SpinGenie has a fantastic selection of online scratch cards for you to play, including a huge variety of themes and styles (as with offline cards). The experience of actually interacting with digital scratch cards is, obviously, totally different: you reveal the potential prizes with a mouse (if you’re playing on a desktop computer) or your fingertip (for mobile-based gaming), instead of a coin.

Despite this clear difference in gameplay, the fundamentals of actually playing scratch cards online will be familiar to anyone who has ever purchased a paper-based scratch card. That’s a major reason for their amazing surge in popularity: players know exactly what to expect when they decide to try a scratch card online.

Another key reason is the simplicity of scratch card game design. There are no complex rules to follow. There are no baffling strategies to try to understand. You just reveal hidden areas on the scratch card for the chance at landing a win.

That’s a real benefit for players looking for a quick, straightforward gaming experience, especially newcomers who may feel intimidated by more traditional casino titles available online.

A total novice could find the prospect of stepping into a live dealer roulette or blackjack game daunting if they have no idea what they’re doing. But they can dive into an online scratch card or two without feeling self-conscious about their lack of gaming experience.

You’ve never played a scratch card online? Don’t worry — we’ll explain how they work and how to play the best online scratch card games below!

Play Online Scratch Cards with SpinGenie

You’ll find scratch cards for UK players in our Instant Win section (alongside Slingo). We have dozens of the latest and most popular releases to choose from, across diverse themes.

So, if you’re a fan of the 1984 smash-hit movie Ghostbusters (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?), you can try Ghostbusters: Spectral Search. Help the Ghostbusters find hidden ghosts to try to win prizes.

Love sci-fit? Little Green Men: Warp Reactor could be the one for you. Breaking Bad brings the hit TV series to the world of scratch cards, while Cleopatra celebrates the beautiful Queen of the Nile in all her golden glory.

And there are plenty of others to try, including Fishin’ Frenzy, Foxin’ Wins, Irish Eyes 2, King Kong Cash, Medusa, Panda 10,000 Gold, Ted: Big Money, and The Price is Right (based on the beloved TV game show).

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How To Play Online Scratch Cards?

Scratch cards are one of the simplest, fastest gaming options online. There’s no need to visit your local supermarket or newsagent to buy a handful of your favourites: just head over to our Instant Win category, choose Scratch Cards, and you’re ready to go.

The core gameplay follows the same process as in traditional scratch cards: the aim is to scratch away a certain area of the digital card to reveal symbols with their own values, hopefully creating a winning combination. Random Number Generators (RNG) are used to ensure fairness in every single scratch card.

Most of these games require you to match at least three symbols before you scoop a scratch cards for a chance at a big win, though that’s not always the case. Check a scratch card’s paytable to learn more about the winning combinations and prizes before you play. If you are lucky enough to win, you will be awarded instantly.

You “scratch” the hidden section of a card away with your fingertip on mobile games and your mouse on desktop versions. This is just as straightforward and fast as with paper-based scratch cards. Still not fast enough? Some scratch card games online games include a button that will reveal all of the symbols instantly.

Some online scratch cards also include extra features to expand the gameplay and distinguish them from other titles. For example, The Voice scratch card (based on the hit TV talent show) includes a cash ladder system designed to help boost rewards in a progressive structure.

The King Kong Cash scratch card online also includes a bonus feature, known as the Barrel Bonus. This can be triggered in this multi-game scratch card’s third game, and will reveal one of four features: Mystery Cash Win; Free Games; King Kong Trail Bonus; or Jackpot King.

Online scratch cards’ wager amounts vary, though most allow very low bets, e.g. The Voice’s minimum bet is £0.50 and the maximum is £10. But in Hot Safari 50,000, the maximum bet is much higher at £23.

Check the game details before you start scratching, so you can find the right wager configuration to suit your preferred approach to playing.

You can adjust the size of your bet at the start of the game, before you begin. This is usually as easy as clicking or tapping on an arrow to increase/decrease your wager. A “max bet” or “total bet” button is available in some games, which boosts your wager to the highest amount available for your convenience.

Certain scratch cards offer jackpot prizes, too. For example, King Kong Cash includes a Jackpot King Deluxe Bonus that can be activated by finding five Jackpot King Deluxe overlay symbols. This is usually a huge prize. Once it has been won, the jackpot will revert back to the reserve amount.

As you can see, online scratch cards offer a lot of potential prizes and impressive features, catering to players of all tastes. Take a look at our collection of cards and start scratching to see what you could win!

Other Online Casino Games

Want to try something different to scratch cards? SpinGenie is home to thousands of games across several categories, presenting you with an amazing range of options. No matter what you want to play, we’ve got it.

Some of our most popular titles appear in the following three categories:

FAQ about Online Scratch Cards

Have a question about online scratch cards? You’ll find quick answers to some of the most frequently asked questions below!

  • 1.How to win on scratch cards?

    You’ll need to match a certain number of symbols to claim a scratch card win. In most cases, three symbols must be matched, though this can vary from game to game. You may also be able to win during bonus features, where available.

  • 2.How long have online scratch cards been around?

    Online scratch cards started to appear during the early 2000s, and by 2010, they featured at a number of well-known gaming sites. They have continued to grow more and more popular since, especially with the explosion of mobile gaming.

  • 3.How do online scratch cards work?

    Online scratch cards are built with Random Number Generators (RNG) to provide every player with a fair gaming experience. These ensure the outcome of each game is randomized and has no relation to those played before or after.

  • 4.How do they make scratch cards?

    Traditionally, offline scratch cards are made from fine cardboard and their playing areas are hidden with an aluminium-based paste. Online scratch cards are made by software development teams, including PariPlay, Microgaming, and NeoGames.

  • 5.Can you win real money on scratch cards?

    Yes! You could win real money on scratch cards in the UK when you bet real money. If you play an online scratch card in demo mode, no real money will be awarded.

  • 6.What are the odds of winning?

    The odds of winning vary depending on the online scratch card game you play. You can view a game’s volatility before you try it: this tells you how often it tends to pay out and how large prizes tend to be.

Start Playing Online Scratch Cards at SpinGenie

Ready to play scratch cards online at SpinGenie, one of the leading scratch card sites? It’s so easy and fast to get set up!

The first thing you need to do is sign up and create an account at our scratchcard casino. We keep this process as streamlined as we can — just enter the relevant details when prompted.

Next, make a deposit via your preferred payment method, then claim your welcome deposit. This will give you 108 free spins to try on one of our most popular slots, to help make your gameplay last longer. | T&C Apply.

Now you’ve completed those short steps, just choose from the best online scratch cards and start playing! It’s as easy as that.

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