View Poll Results: Do you promote or play online scratch or instant win cards?

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  • I neither promote nor play scratch cards.

    11 57.89%
  • I promote scratch cards a little, but don't play them.

    5 26.32%
  • I promote scratch cards a lot, but don't play them.

    0 0%
  • I play scratch cards, but I don't promote them.

    2 10.53%
  • I play scratch cards, and promote them a little.

    0 0%
  • I play scratch cards, and I promote them a lot.

    1 5.26%
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    Question Do you promote or play online scratch or instant win cards?

    I was just reading through the Young People and Gambling 2018 report that was just published by the Gambling Commission and pointed out by mattbar in the following post: UK Young People and Gambling Report 2018.

    Among the many topics covered was scratch or instant win cards. The focus in the report was on The National Lottery in the UK, but this form of gambling is quite common. I know in the states scratch cards are a huge business for convenience stores. And there are plenty of gambling sites that offer them online as well.

    This is an area where there has not been much discussion in the forum, so for this week's poll I thought I'd ask folks whether or not they promote scratch tickets online, and also whether they ever buy scratch tickets themselves. Besides voting in the poll, I'm interested in understanding how folks treat scratch tickets on their websites. Do you mention them at all. And if you do mention them, is it in a minor way, or do you go whole hog and include reviews of scratch cards, like many folks do for slot games?

    Personally, I don't remember ever buying a scratch card (although I certainly have scratched off many promotional cards given to me for free - but I don't count those). And I've never promoted them online. But I'm contemplating having Casino City pay more attention to them, including creating some reviews.

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    I voted in the poll and I voted for that I neither promote nor play scratch cards. I've never really found it to be of importance. Personally, I think it's better to just promote online slots games instead.

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    To add, in the UK you can play scratch cards and the Lottery purchased in store once you're 16, not 18 as other articles would lead you to believe.
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    Scratch cards and instant win games tend to be a more impulsive thing, I doubt many people would sign up online to solely play them, more likely they are drawn into them once they have an account.

    I haven't bought a real world scratch card for decades but I did previously work in a newsagents (convenience store to non-Brits) around 15 years ago. It was amazing the number of kids that would try to buy the cards.

    Many would ask adults or older kids to come into the shop to get them for them, far more often than they would ask them to buy cigarettes for them.

    There were also many parents that would buy scratch cards and give them to their kids to scratch, more likely because it was fun rather than they were encouraging their children to gamble. Still it seemed to make it acceptable.

    Back then all the British newspapers also used to have daily scratch cards in them, which sent out totally the wrong message. I'm not sure if they still so that these days?

    I've also been in a pub many times and watched parents let their children press the buttons on the fruit machines for them. Again I'm sure their were no bad intentions, but it does expose gambling to the underage without an appropriate explanation of the consequences.

    I can see from first hand experience how difficult it will be to prevent young people from gambling completely, whatever regulation is brought in, short of a total ban on gambling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattbar View Post
    I doubt many people would sign up online to solely play them, more likely they are drawn into them once they have an account.
    That'd be my gut instinct too but I know a few people who signed up to play scratch cards and THEN discovered casino games also available. Admittedly, I think that's gotta be rare but it happens, or at least did. Most of the 'scratch card' focused gaming sites have long ago expanded into a general casino with scratch cards tagged on.

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    Scratch cards and lottery can now be played in online so the player won't bother to buy the ticket in the store.

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    Play lotteries sometimes like the US Powerball but I get the feeling of 'rigged' when playing scratchcards online lol
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    I personally think it's boring to do it online..

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    Why do you think it is boring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Livill View Post
    Why do you think it is boring?
    I guess because I less like the concept of scratch cards in general.... but I'm not an example I find many things to be boring

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    Well yeah, real tickets look safer than online scratch cards.

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    It's also safe to play online. All you need to do is to choose a site to play the game

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    It's safe on the right sites agreed, same as casino, poker, sports.. etc'

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    In lottery, if you play it online, you don't have to worry about losing your ticket and you don't even to check the results when you play the lottery online. If you win you will get an email telling you to check your account

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    Although we mention scratch cards as an option of games available we do not actively promote them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pokerface View Post
    Although we mention scratch cards as an option of games available we do not actively promote them.
    Why not?

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    In the real world scratch cards are complete worthless and at the brink of rip-off.
    The online scratch cards are more worst, pure rip-off with a house edge of 40+%.
    Only idiots are investing one Cent into this legal nothing.
    There is no fun.
    No chance of real winnings.
    A total disaster for the players and probably rigged in some online versions to increase the 40% house edge, because with games like that it's very hard to discover a rigged version, and the odds are so lousy, that the casino can explain even a 10 year losing streak of a player with standard deviations.

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