Virtual Gaming Worlds’ latest sweepstakes venture, Scratch Carnival, offers real prizes for playing scratch & match instant win games in every US state except Washington.
Scratch Carnival uses two types of virtual chips, just like sister sites Chumba Casino, LuckyLand Slots, Global Poker and FendOff Sports. You can use:
- Gold Coins to play games for fun
- Sweeps Tickets to play games for a chance at real prizes
No purchase is necessary, since Scratch gives away both currencies for free. However, you can buy more Gold Coins when you run out. You can’t buy more Sweeps Tickets, since Scratch Carnival has to give those away for free in order to follow sweepstakes law. But you can get free, bonus Sweeps Tickets when you buy Gold Coins.
The only requirement is you must be at least 18 years old.
Sweeps Draws are a Big Draw
There are a number of differences between Scratch Carnival and other VGW sites. On top of real prizes that you can claim via gameplay, Scratch holds regular Sweeps Draws. Sweeps Draws are raffle-type drawings that award a guaranteed prize, ranging anywhere from $500 to $2,500, to one randomly drawn entry.
You’ll receive any prizes from gameplay and Sweeps Draws as gift cards. Winners have their choice of e-cards from a range of popular stores and restaurants. You can play on Scratch Carnival via app for Android and Apple phones and tablets. Unlike VGW’s other sites, you can’t play from a mobile browser or desktop computer.
Keep reading for more information about the sweepstakes system, signing up for a new account, winning real prizes and the kind of games you’ll find on Scratch Carnival.
Why choose Scratch Carnival?
- Win real prizes playing digital scratch games.
- Enter Sweeps Draw raffles for a chance at prizes.
- Fun animated games developed in-house.
- New games and puzzles appear regularly.
How to sign up at Scratch Carnival
Because Scratch Carnival is only available via app for your phone or tablet, you’ll need to download the app before you can open a new account.
How to download the app
Click one of the links on this page to head to the Scratch Carnival website. You won’t be able to sign up for an account from there, but you will find download links for Android and iOS apps.
To get started, tap the operating system logo that’s appropriate for your device. iPhone and iPad users will be directed to the Scratch Carnival download page on the App Store. For the best experience, install iOS 11.0 or later on your device.
Android users will be directed to the Scratch Carnival download site on Google Play. The Android app is compatible with versions 6.0 and later. When the download finishes, just tap the file to install.
Set up your new account
Once you have the app installed, you’re ready to open a Scratch Carnival account. Click the sign-in icon to get started. Anyone can sign up with Scratch Carnival as long as you’re at least 18 years old and live in the US, with the exception of Washington state.
You can register directly with Scratch Carnival or sign into an existing Facebook or Apple account. You’ll want to make note of the email address you use with either method, as that is where you will receive any gift card codes you win.
Navigating the site
Scratch Carnival features an easy-to-navigate site that’s also visually friendly. You’ll find your account details under the hamburger icon in the top right corner of the screen. Sweeps Tickets and Gold Coins balances appear in the center along the top of the screen. Click either virtual currency to switch between the two.
Along the bottom of the page, you’ll find icons for games, draw, store and social. You can use the store icon to purchase Gold Coin packs, and tap the social icon to gift Gold Coins to your social media friends.
The draw button will show details about current and upcoming Sweeps Draws, along with other useful information, such as how many entries you have in a current draw, and whether you’ve won a completed drawing. You’ll also find detailed instructions on how to enter upcoming raffles.
How the sweepstakes system works
Scratch Carnival is legal in 49 of 50 states. VGW has been operating online sweepstakes casinos for nearly 20 years. Its proprietary sweepstakes technology received a full US patent in 2020.
The outcomes of VGW’s sweepstakes games are determined by random number generator. This ensures that every player has an equal chance of winning. An outside agency tests and certifies the RNG to ensure fairness.
Sweepstakes laws in much of the US allow companies to promote their products by giving away free sweepstakes entries that, when you enter them in a random drawing or game of chance, can win real prizes.
Scratch Carnival gives away free Sweeps Tickets, which you can use to play scratch-off games or enter drawings for a chance to win real prizes. You don’t have to buy anything in order to play games and win prizes, but you can buy more Gold Coins. And to promote the sales of Gold Coins, Scratch Carnival gives away free Sweeps Tickets along with Gold Coin purchases.
How you can get more free Sweeps Tickets
Scratch Carnival may give away Sweeps Tickets in the following ways:
- With Gold Coin purchases: Not every Gold Coin package will include free Sweeps Tickets. The purchase page will clearly show whether a Gold Coin package includes free Sweeps Tickets and, if so, how many.
- Daily Sweeps Tickets: You’ll receive two Sweeps Tickets free once a day just for logging in. Log in to your account every day for a week and get five Sweeps Tickets free on the last day.
- US mail: You can write to Scratch Carnival once a day and ask the company to add 10 free Sweeps Tickets to your account balance. See below for details.
- Sweeps giveaways on social media: Like its sister sites, Scratch Carnival may host Sweeps Ticket giveaway contests on its Facebook and Instagram Contests may ask you to share a post or answer a game-related trivia question to enter. A varying number of entries will be randomly chosen from all correct entries to win some Sweeps Tickets.
To get 10 free Sweeps Tickets from Scratch Carnival through request by mail, you’ll need to have a postcard-sized piece of paper to handwrite your request and a No. 10-sized envelope to mail it in. Here are the full directions:
- On a 4-inch-by-6-inch white, unlined paper or postcard, clearly write your name and email address.
- On the same side of the page, add the following: “I wish to receive Sweeps to participate in the sweepstakes promotions offered by Scratch Carnival. By submitting this request, I hereby declare that I have read, understood and agree to be bound by Scratch Carnival’s Terms of Service and Sweeps Rules.”
- Place your request (without folding it) into a 10 envelope.
- Clearly write your return address and “Request Card” on the front of the envelope.
- Address the envelope in legible handwriting to VGW Holdings Limited, Scratch Carnival Sweepstakes Department, PO Box 8486, Portsmouth, NH 03801.
- Add a stamp and mail it from your home state.
How you can get more Gold Coins
Scratch Carnival gives away free Gold Coins once a day in the Daily Gold Bonus Scratch just for logging in to your account. Once you’re logged in, you’ll see the Daily Gold Bonus Scratch graphic on the home screen. Click it to open the scratch card and match symbols to find out what your free Gold Coins bonus is that day.
You can also receive free Gold Coins when you invite social media friends to join you on Scratch Carnival. Click the social tab at the bottom of the screen to send invites.
To purchase Gold Coin packs, click the store logo at the bottom of the homepage. Select the pack you’d like to purchase and follow the prompts from there. Scratch Carnival accepts the following banking methods:
- Credit cards
- ACH e-check
Additional banking methods may be available. Scratch Carnival may ask you to verify your ownership of any banking method you use to make a purchase. Packs of Gold Coins that include free bonus Sweeps Tickets will be clearly marked in the purchase window. You can buy packs of Gold Coins in the following denominations:
|No. of Gold Coins
How to win real prizes on Scratch Carnival
There are two ways to win real prizes on Scratch Carnival:
- When you play scratch-off games using Sweeps Tickets.
- When you use Sweeps Tickets to enter Sweeps Draw raffles.
Scratch Carnival’s digital scratch-offs are instant win games similar to lottery scratch tickets. Open the game and click the symbols to “scratch off” for a potential match. You can look at the prizes available in each game by clicking on the information button on the game graphic. Up for grabs are $5, $10, $20 and $50 gift cards to use at a range of nationally recognized shops and restaurants.
If you win, just follow the prompts to pick your gift card prize. You’ll receive an email from Scratch Carnival with your e-card codes. Gift cards to choose from may include Outback Steakhouse, Starbucks, Burger King, Applebee’s, Uber, the App Store, Best Buy and Home Depot, to name just a few.
Sweeps Draw raffles are lottery-like drawings that award one winner the whole prize pot. Scratch Carnival originally held $1,000 Sweeps Draws every week, but began offering event-oriented Sweeps Draws for larger pots, instead. The 2021 St. Patrick’s Day Sweeps Draw had a guaranteed prize of $2,500.
Scratch Carnival games
Scratch Carnival brings scratch-off cards to life with games developed in-house by software developers from sister site LuckyLand Slots. The games feature top-quality graphics and animations.
New games appear often. Look for titles such as Vikings of the North, Golden Oz, Kitty Up Roar, Lucky Charms, Cupid’s Fortune, Pharaoh’s Hoard and Doctor Voltage. The word puzzle game Bubble Bounty offers more challenging play. Instructions on how to play each title are available in the game.
Sweeps Ticket instant winners will win a prize gift card. Choose the store or restaurant where you’d like to use your prize via the app’s on-screen prompts.
Scratch Carnival Sweeps Draws
Enter Scratch Carnival’s Sweeps Draws for the chance to win. Sweeps Draws are regular raffles in which one entry will randomly win the entire guaranteed prize.
Scratch originally offered a weekly draw for $1,000, but recently began holding event-themed Sweeps Draws for larger pots. The St. Patrick’s Day Sweeps Draw offered a prize of $2,500. Click the draw button at the bottom of the screen to find out more about upcoming and current Sweeps Draws.
Scratch Carnival collectibles
You may not be able to win real prizes when you play games with Gold Coins, but you can win collectibles.
Collectibles are cute graphics that come in themed sets. You can collect the whole set when you play Scratch Carnival’s games using Gold Coins. You can trade any duplicates in for more Gold Coins.
Special, limited-time-only collectible sets are likely to be available during holiday events. For instance, for Valentine’s Day 2021, Scratch Carnival released a new set of holiday-themed collectibles, including adorable puppies, hearts, flowers and balloons. You can expect to see Scratch Carnival release new collectible sets for different holidays.
Other Scratch Carnival promotions
Scratch Carnival uses social media to post offers of special discounts on Gold Coin packs and boosted odds on instant win gift cards, as well as announcing upcoming Sweeps Draw raffles, app updates and new games.
For instance, the St. Patrick’s Day promotion offered 3x odds to win $20 and $50 gift cards. Scratch Carnival also introduced a new holiday-themed scratch card and new collectibles.
During the 2020 holiday season, Scratch Carnival offered up to a 50% discount on all Gold Coin purchases, double Gold Coin rewards for inviting your friends on social media, and increased odds up to 2x to win $20 and $50 gift cards. It also announced new holiday-themed collectibles and a new scratch game in honor of the season.
Scratch Carnival player support
Although ZenDesk maintains Scratch Carnival’s FAQ, there was no information on the page at the time of this review. You can try to reach Scratch Carnival directly via [email protected] or post a query on the company’s social media pages.
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Virtual Gaming Worlds was founded in 2010 for the purpose of bringing sweepstakes-based online casino games to the US and Canada. Launched in 2012, Chumba Casino has since made at least 10 players instant millionaires playing the site’s progressive slots series.
After purchasing a poker client from Cubeia Sweden, VGW debuted Global Poker in 2016. Over 10,000 players are regularly seated at Global Poker’s tables playing Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Crazy Pineapple for stakes ranging anywhere from micro to high.
VGW next purchased a gambling software company based in San Francisco and launched LuckyLand Slots in 2019. FendOff Sports also launched in 2019. The sports prediction site partnered with esports provider Inspired Entertainment in 2020 to help the site get off the ground.
Chumba Casino offers a dozen or so games from third-party developers, but VGW develops the vast majority of its casino games in-house. The company currently employs more than 400 people around the globe.