It's NOT How You Play The Game
Today I want to talk about how you play a scratch-off. And why you should play it the RIGHT WAY.
First up. Scratchers are NOT games of skill. You cannot win more on them by being 'better at playing it'.
This comes as a big surprise to some people.
And yes, this does apply to all scratch-off tickets. Even the ones that 'seem' to have an element of skill. So it doesn't matter if it is a crossword, Monopoly, word search, poker or whatever!
Every ticket is either a 'win' or 'lose' the moment you buy it. It does not matter who plays it.
Now there may be some element of skill or knowledge in UNDERSTANDING if you have won (and yes, there are ways to work out what are the best scratch offs to buy). But you cannot lose by being bad at playing. And you cannot win more by being good at playing.
Hopefully that's clear :-)
So technically you don't even need to 'play' the game. You can just hand the ticket over to the assistant and ask them to scan it, and tell you if you've won.
But please do NOT do that!
Play the game as it was meant to be played.
For 2 very good reasons.
 Would you normally hand a blank signed check over to a total stranger..? :-)
That ticket could be a jackpot winner. So blindly handing it over without having any idea what it's worth is not a good idea.
Think this isn't a problem? Just have a read of some of the comments on my blog post here. It is pretty shocking.
Of course, the vast majority of shop assistants are really nice honest people. Who would just be happy for you that you won. But some are not. So why chance it?
Yes, you could (and should), put your name and sign the back of the ticket before handing it over... but...
 Part of the reason to play lottery games is the fun element. It's the buzz of finding out if you have won, and how much.
So if you play the game, you actually get some real value for your money. That way, even losing tickets are never really losers :-)
Why not go even further. Take your time playing it. Scratch just one symbol at a time. See how close you are getting to a win before you scratch the next one.
If you buy multiple tickets in one go, don't play them all at once. Spread them out over a day.
I know someone who spends a whole day playing a single ticket. She loves playing. And gets massive value out of her hobby - and when she wins on one, what a massive BONUS!
What If I Don't Understand The Game?
This happens. Some games are quite complicated. There are lots of ways to win, different games within a ticket, or confusing win conditions.
Bottom line - if you don't understand it, either get the assistant to explain it to you fully before you scratch it. Or avoid that ticket in future, and only buy the ones you do fully understand.