Instant Win Games
Instant win games, known as "scratch'n'win", "scratch-its" or "scratchies", were first introduced to Australia in November 1982. Since then, their popularity has continued to grow and there are now several different instant win games on offer across the country. While there are many ways to win with scratchies, generally players must match a series of numbers or symbols hidden beneath a removable surface to secure a prize. The instant win range caters to all budgets and tastes, with the cost of games ranging from just AU$1 up to AU$20.
Instant win games work on a continuous cycle: when one game closes, another is released and new prizes become available. However, prizes do not expire as soon as a game ends and they can be claimed up to seven years after the closure of a game, depending on where they were purchased. Check with your local lottery operator if you are unsure about the deadline for claiming instant win prizes in your area.
Different lottery operators have different rules for paying out instant win prizes. For example, while SA Lotteries and Lotterywest will allow prizes of up to AU$500 to be collected from any lottery agent, Tatts in New South Wales authorises its agents to pay out up to AU$1,000. Larger prizes may have to be claimed in person at a lottery operator's headquarters. If you have won a significant amount on an instant win game, it's best to check with your local lottery operator to find out how to redeem your winnings.
Scratchies are a great way to experience the thrill of an instant lottery win. Visit your local authorised retailer to try a few games today!