The History of Scratch Cards


Scratch cards, also known as scratch off or scratch out tickets, are one of the newer developments in online gaming. While lotteries have been prominent worldwide since ancient history, the scratch card was invented in the 1970s by several American computer scientists. It brought to life a revolutionary concept: the instant lottery, with instant gratification.

One of the first scratch-off lottery tickets, called The Instant Game, was launched by the Massachusetts State Lottery in the mid 1970s. Many national and state lottos caught on quickly and began to offer scratch off games. A turning point at which scratch cards became particularly popular was when AstroMed Inc , an American company based in Rhode Island, patented a Scratch Card in 1987.

Scratch cards have been used for several causes, including charities, federal associations, and as a means of advertising. Since these instant win cards are associated with such activities, they appeal to a broad audience worldwide.

Heading into the 21st century, the traditional printed scratch card seems to have become a thing of the past. Virtually an online lotto, online scratch games deliver instant cash in a more enticing and entertaining way than a conventional lottery or raffle.

In November 2005, PrimeScratchCards launched the first website dedicated solely to online scratchcards. PrimeScratchCards demonstrates the evolution of the scratch card from a simple scratch off ticket, to an online interactive scratch off game. The games’ fun and interactive features, as well as their simplicity and security, have contributed to the rise of PrimeScratchCards as the leader in online scratch games. PrimeScratchCards offers users to choose from an extensive variety of games, like slot machines, poker king, fishing, horse racing, shopping, and bingo.

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Copyright 2014- All Rights Reserved. Prime ScratchCards is a brand owned by Prime Online LTD, a company incorporated under the laws of British Virgin Islands whose registered office is at Road Town, Drake Chambers, Tortola, 3321 British Virgin Islands. The games on this website are powered and operated by Aspire Global International limited., a Malta based company with registration number C42296 and having registered office at 135, High street, Sliema SLM 1549, Malta, which is a fully licensed operator under the Remote Gaming Regulations of Malta (MGA/CL1/408/2007 - issued on the 17 August 2009, MGA/CL1/876/2013 - issued on the 19 September 2013, MGA/CL1/1000/2014 - issued on the 20 August 2014, MGA/CL1/1142/2015 issued on the 26th January 2016, MGA/CL1/1174/2016 issued on the 26th May 2016, MGA/CL1/1226/2016 issued on the 25th November 2016) and regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority.
In the Great Britain only, the games on this website are operated by AG Communications Limited, a Malta based company with registration number C48328 and having registered office at 135, High street, Sliema SLM 1549, Malta, which is licensed and regulated by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (Remote Gaming License Number 000-039483-R-319409-001).
The current status of operator’s license can be found at: secure.gamblingcommission.gov.uk.
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