Here’s a midsummer night’s daydream: You — who have never won a single thing in your entire life — decide to take a wild leap and play the lottery. Why? There’s something about free money that seems rather appealing. Now then, you scratch the card, cross your fingers, avoid the 13th floor, and generally hope for the best. Then, right on July 17 — National Lottery Day — it happens. You win the big dollars and spend the rest of the month searching for the perfect beach house on Kauai.
Well, maybe, but one thing’s for sure — you have to play to win.
Fort Mason Games is making winning easier than ever. The San Francisco-based mobile game studio recently released a new mobile game called “Lucky Scratch” — allowing you to scratch digital versions of scratch cards, and experience the thrill of winning real cash for free. You don’t pay a thing. Lucky Scratch has changed everything by enabling you to play with NO risk. The app’s a big success so far. Players scratched 20 million cards in the first few weeks — boosting the game into the top spot on Google Play Store’s Lifestyle App list.
National Lottery Day timeline
Colonists try their luck
American lotteries go back to the pre-Revolutionary War era. Research shows that the colonies held nearly 400 lotteries in the mid-18th century. A Philadelphia newspaper ad promised a "new brick house" for one lucky lottery winner. Tickets sold for 20 shillings each.
Although Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands held lotteries back in the 1930s, New Hampshire becomes the first U.S. state to do so. Schools there see immediate benefits from sales of sweepstakes tickets. Today 44 states (plus Washington, D.C.) conduct lotteries.
Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont are the first states to combine resources in order to create bigger jackpots. Their flagship game remains "Tri-State Megabucks." Today each of the 44 state lotteries offer both Mega Millions and Powerball.
Lucky Scratch launches
Fort Mason Games' latest app makes playing scratch cards simple — and free! Players can now download the "Lucky Scratch" mobile app in order to play and win real prizes like Visa prepaid gift cards. The game may be digital but the prizes are real!
National Lottery Day Activities
Fort Mason Games recently asked Americans about their opinions on the lottery. Nearly 80% prefer scratch cards over lottery games such as Pick 4, Pick 5, Mega Millions, or Powerball. But which type do they like the most? Match Games came in first with 46% preferring them.
Pool your money
If you're still paying money to play the traditional way, make it a team effort among friends. Just make sure you all understand how the seven-way split works before you hit the jackpot.
Download the "Lucky Scratch" mobile game
It’s available for all Android devices at the Google Play Store. It's easy — and free. Remember, there's no purchase or payment necessary to enter or win.
Dream On: The 5 Biggest U.S. Lottery Jackpots Ever
$1.59 billion (2016)
A total of three winning tickets split the largest-ever jackpot — making each one worth more than $500 million. Winners lived in California, Florida, and Tennessee. The California winners assigned most of the proceeds to charity.
$1.54 billion (2018)
A South Carolina woman waited nearly four months to claim the prize. She took a one-time lump-sum payment of nearly $878 million — and remained anonymous.
$768 million (2019)
Winner Manuel Franco purchased his Powerball ticket at a Wisconsin gas station. His reaction? "I was going insane," Franco said. "My heart started racing. I screamed for about 5 or 10 minutes." He chose the lump-sum payment of $477 million. Franco is just 24 years old.
$759 million (2017)
Mavis Wanczyk bought the lucky ticket in Chicopee, Massachusetts. She won about $336 million. Wanczyk immediately quit her hospital job (patient care) after working for 32 years.
$688 million (2018)
The drawing produced two winning tickets. A New York City man named Robert Bailey claimed half — vowing afterwards to remain a lottery player. The other half went to Lerynne West of Redfield, Iowa (total population: 830). West had misplaced her ticket, but eventually discovered it on the floor of her sister's truck.
Why We Love National Lottery Day
The ultimate fantasy
Go ahead. Ask someone the standard "If you had three wishes..." question, and see how many times you hear the word "lottery." It's human nature after all. Pick a few numbers. Win a million (or 100 million) dollars. That's a tough wish to top.
A chance to change the world
Or at least a few lives. You can really start helping people (and worthy causes) once you win the big dollars. You wouldn't keep all your lottery winnings for yourself — now would you?
Just considering a mega jackpot might force you to start assessing what you really want out of life. Maybe it's not actually a new car or tickets to join a future mission to Mars. What if your dream's easier to reach than you think?