The process of playing scratch cards

A scratch card game is a game of pure chance. It consists of scratching a ticket to find winning symbols or numbers corresponding to sums of money. 36 different games are available. The stakes range from 50 cents to C$10 and the winnings from C$1 to C$1 million.

ACCESS

16 scratch card games are available in tobacconists and press outlets. 34 games are offered online.

Scratch card games, like all gambling games with the exception of traditional lotteries and raffles, are prohibited for those under 18s.

RISKS

These games are easy to understand and do not require any special skills. The low stakes and the availability of tickets in local areas may attract vulnerable people.

They present an addictive risk because they are games with immediate winnings. Indeed, the very short time between the purchase of the ticket and the result can encourage the player to play over and over again (especially when playing online). Studies have shown that the shorter the time period, the greater the risk of addiction.

At the point of sale, the possibility of choosing a ticket gives the player the illusion of controlling chance. When he wins, this illusion of control is reinforced and pushes him to play more.

In the case of online gambling, playing alone, away from the eyes of others, can cause the player to lose track of time spent, money spent and lost. The possibility of playing on several sites at the same time, and the dematerialisation of the money played also increase the risk of loss of control.

While it is still very rare to win money when playing Lotto, Euromillions, or scratch cards such as Astro or Solitaire, there are some games that offer a greater chance of winning.

In general, scratch cards offer more chances to win, but they offer lower payouts than draw games.

SCRATCH CARD GAMES

Millionaire

The stake is C$10; the maximum win is C$1,000,000. The probability of winning is 1 in 1 500 000 (27% chance of winning)

Astro

The stake is C$2; maximum win is C$20,000. The probability of winning is 1 in 1,125,000 (30% chance of winning).

Mega Crossword

The stake is C$10; the maximum win is C$600,000. The probability of winning is 1 in 3 000 000 (34% chance of winning).

Solitaire

The stake is C$2; the maximum win is C$15,000. The probability of winning is 1 in 1,500,000 (29% chance of winning).

Cash

The stake is C$5; maximum win is C$500,000. The probability of winning is 1 in 6 000 000. 26% chance of winning.

Home target

The new scratch card game offers a 1 in 3.61 chance of winning, the highest winning rate of any C$3 scratch card game. C$250,000 immediately, or C$3,000 per month for ten years.

Lotto

The stake is C$2.20; the maximum win is C$24 million. The probability of winning is 1 in 19 068 840 (16.7% chance of winning).

Euromillions

The stake is C$2.50; the maximum win is C$190 million. The probability of winning is 1 in 139,838,160. 7.8% chance of winning.

Joker +

The bet is C$1; maximum win is C$250,000. The probability of winning is 1 in 10 000 000 (25.8% chance of winning).

Amigo

The stake is C$2; maximum win is C$25,000. The probability of winning is 1 in 1,184,040 (32.8% chance of winning).

Keno Lifetime Winner

The stake is C$1; the maximum win is C$100,000/year for life. The probability of winning is 1 in 2,147,181 (13.5% chance of winning).