Lottery. Lotterie. Lotería. No matter what language, people around the world love lottery games! On International Lottery Day every August 27, we’re all dreaming about euros, dollars, pounds and lire. Why? Lottery-style games have gone mobile — so it’s easier than ever to play! That’s great news for the UK, where a study shows 83% of residents report purchasing scratch-off lottery tickets in the past year.
But starting today, there’s no more rushing off to convenience stores or supermarkets for a shot at winning big money.
Fort Mason Games, a San Francisco-based mobile gaming company, has just announced that their newest game, Lucky Scratch — already a smash hit in the U.S., Canada, and Australia — is now officially available in Great Britain. Just like the other versions, it’s absolutely free to play. Simply swipe your fingers across digital scratch cards to see if you’ve won real cash prizes and/or gift cards.
Start dreaming, UK.
It’s time to play!
International Lottery Day timeline
Liz does lotto
Queen Elizabeth I authorizes England's first official recorded lottery. It's designed to raise money for the "reparation of the havens and strength of the Realme, and towardes such other publique good workes." (That means for "the good of the country," we think.) Each ticket holder wins a prize — which include silver and other valuables.
Lotteries start up Down Under
Australia's first lottery begins as a private affair in Sydney, before moving to other areas such as Queensland and Victoria. The government would start its own lottery in 1916 in order to raise money for charities and public projects. Early proceeds help WWI veterans.
An Olympic-sized effort
Canada's Olympic Act, an effort to prepare for the 1976 Games in Montreal, allows the Organizing Committee to sell tickets nationwide. All funds go to either finance the Games, or the development of amateur sport in the contributing provinces.
UK National Lottery
Prime Minister John Major's government sets up a new state-sponsored lottery, with TV host Noel Edmonds presiding over the first drawing in 1994. Since then, proceeds have gone to over 535,000 causes including the Paralympic Games and 2012 London Olympics.
The digital era
Lucky Scratch tallies 34 million U.S. plays during the first few weeks after launch. The game reaches the #1 spot for "Best New Free Casino Game" in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
International Lottery Day Activities
Play Bingo too!
Lucky Scratch includes live Bingo games throughout the day where players scratch virtual Bingo balls and mark digital cards while competing against others. All for free!
Play as a group
Why not? Gaming's great for socializing. On International Lottery Day, get your friends together and share the fun! Your biggest concern? How to split the big prizes. That's a nice dilemma to have.
Download the Lucky Scratch mobile game
It’s available for all Android devices at the Google Play Store. It's also easy — and free. Remember, there's no purchase or payment necessary to enter or win.
5 Of The Biggest International Lottery Jackpots Ever
Merry Lotería de Navidad!
The Spanish Christmas Lottery, the world's largest lottery game, doled out an amazing first-prize jackpot of €720 million in 2012, the equivalent of $941.8 million at the time.
Fish and chips for life — and then some
One lucky UK winner won €185 million ($260 million) in 2011 — the year's largest single-ticket jackpot in the EuroMillions lottery.
A pair of Eurojackpot players each grabbed one-half of a record-tying €90 million ($100 million) jackpot in 2019. One winner hailed from Germany; the other lived in Poland. He was the first Polish player to win.
Koalas for everyone
Oz Lotto, an Australian lottery game, paid out a whopping AUD $111,972,151 to four winners in 2012.
Cold Canadian cash
Lotto 6/49 delivered Canada's largest single jackpot of CAD $64 million in 2015.
Why We Love International Lottery Day
Great for globetrotters
More people than ever are traveling (and working) at the same time. Reliable WiFi in most countries means you can work a month or two in London, jet off to Brisbane, and settle down in Vancouver for awhile. And check this out, "digital nomads," Lucky Scratch goes with you!
We like scratch-off suspense
Lucky Scratch transfers the excitement of lotto to your mobile device. It's that tantalizing anticipation that makes the game so much fun!
A recent survey found that an overwhelming number of Britons (81%) desire a way to play lottery-style games for free. And since more than half of UK residents already purchase lottery tickets on a regular basis, mobile gaming's the perfect "scratch."