Virtual Gaming Worlds has already given away millions of dollars on its sweepstakes-based online gaming sites Chumba Casino, Global Poker and LuckyLand Slots. Now the Australia-based company can add an app-only site to the list. Scratch Carnival is VGW’s scratch and match app that offers a new way to claim real money prizes.
Under the usual dual-currency sweepstakes system, you can play Scratch Carnival’s animated scratch-off games and scratch puzzles just for fun using Gold Coins. You can also use free sweepstakes entries, or Sweeps Tickets, to play Scratch Carnival’s games for a chance at prizes. On top of that, Scratch Carnival hosts regular raffles for even bigger prizes.
No purchase is necessary to play. Sweeps are always available for free, including in packs of Gold Coins. Players who are 18 or older and who live in any US state other than Washington are eligible to play.
Keep reading for more details on how to register and download the app, how the sweepstakes casino system works, how to get free Sweeps Tickets and Gold Coins, how to buy more Gold Coins, the prizes that you can win, and, of course, all about the games.
Why play Scratch Carnival?
- Possible to claim real prizes playing free scratch-offs.
- Enter special Sweeps Draw raffles for bigger prizes.
- Tons of fun scratch and match games.
- Frequent new scratch-offs and word games available.
Get the app and register for a new account
To download the app, you’ll need to visit the website using a mobile browser. You can click one of the links on this page to be taken directly to the Scratch Carnival website.
Once on the site, Android users can click the Android link to download the app from the Google Play Store. The Scratch Carnival app should be compatible with devices and tablets using Android 6.0 and up.
Apple users can click the link to be directed to the App Store. The Scratch Carnival app should be compatible with iPhones and other devices using iOS 11.0 or later.
You won’t be able to register on the website; you’ll need to install the app first. Once that’s done, you can sign up for a new account as long as you’re a resident of any US state other than Washington and you’re at least 18 years old.
You can sign up directly with Scratch Carnival, or use your Facebook or Apple account. If you choose to create your new account via Facebook or Apple, your existing profile information will automatically transfer to your Scratch Carnival account.
It’s worth noting here that if you’re a lucky winner of one of Scratch Carnival’s Sweeps Draw raffles, you’ll be contacted within three days. According to the site’s terms and conditions, this contact process will run more smoothly if your account is connected to your Facebook or Apple accounts.
In addition, at some point you will likely have to provide more information about yourself, along with documents that will prove your identity, but you’re not likely to need to provide any documents when you register for a new account.
Scratch Carnival navigation
Once you’re logged into your new account, all your account details are available under the hamburger icon in the top right corner of the screen. Your Gold Coin and Sweeps Ticket balances will appear at top center.
At the bottom of the screen you’ll find icons for games on the app, the store, draws, social media and challenges. You can check the number of sweeps entries you have entered in current sweeps drawings by tapping on the draw button. Clicking on the games button will bring up all the scratch-off games available to play using either Gold Coins just for fun or Sweeps Tickets for a chance at real prizes.
Each game graphic will show the number of Gold Coins and Sweeps Tickets necessary to play. Clicking the “I” logo will show the size of the gift card that you can win in that game, such as $5, $10, $20, $50 and so on.
Clicking the social tab will allow you to connect with and send Gold Coin gifts to your friends on social media.
How the Scratch Carnival sweepstakes system works
Scratch Carnival offers players a chance to play scratch-off games just for fun with Gold Coins. You can receive some Gold Coins for free, but if you run out, you can buy more.
Scratch Carnival also gives away sweepstakes entries called Sweeps Tickets that you can use to play scratch-off games and enter drawings for the chance to redeem real prizes. There are several ways to get more free Sweeps Tickets, which we’ll cover below, but you can also get free bonus Sweeps Tickets bundled with packs of Gold Coins.
Lots of businesses offer sweepstakes promotions, and it’s 100% legal to play Scratch Carnival’s games in every state in the US except Washington, which doesn’t allow such promotions.
Scratch Carnival’s scratch-off games are instant win contests similar to lottery tickets. For instance, if you win a $5 gift card, you’ll get to choose from a variety of popular restaurants and stores.
As a big plus, Scratch Carnival also holds regular Sweeps Draw raffles for prizes ranging anywhere from $500 to $2,500. One winner gets to take home the whole pot, so here’s your chance to win big just playing scratch-off games.
How to get more Sweeps
There are four ways you can get free Sweeps Tickets on Scratch Carnival, not counting the Sweeps Tickets you may win playing games. Here are your options:
- As a free bonus with Gold Coin purchases: The number of free Sweeps Tickets included with purchases of Gold Coins will be clearly marked in the purchase window. Just click on the store to get started.
- Free Sweeps Ticket giveaway promotions: Scratch Carnival may offer free contests to win Sweeps Tickets on its Facebook page, similar to its sister sites Chumba Casino, Global Poker and LuckyLand Slots. The promo post will list the number of available Sweeps Tickets. Be sure to keep an eye on Scratch Carnival’s Facebook page for contests like these.
- Daily tickets: You’ll get two free Sweeps Tickets once a day just for logging in to your account. If you’re eligible, a window will pop open when you log in. Just click the big purple “Claim Free Tickets” button. When you log in seven days in a row, you’ll get five free Sweeps Tickets on the seventh day.
- USPS mail request: You are eligible to receive 10 free Sweeps Tickets when you write to Scratch Carnival via USPS mail and ask for them.
To ask for your free Sweeps Tickets, use a 4-inch-by-6-inch postcard or white piece of unlined paper to make your request. On one side of the card, handwrite your full name and the email address you used to register for your Scratch Carnival account, along with the following statement:
“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.”
Don’t fold the request card. Just insert it into a stamped No. 10 envelope. Handwrite your return address and the phrase “Sweepstakes credits” on the front of the envelope. Finally, handwrite the following address and drop your request into the mail:
- VGW Holdings Limited
- Scratch Carnival Sweepstakes Department
- PO Box 8486, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Be sure you mail the envelope from your home state. If your request is accepted, Scratch Carnival will add 10 free Sweeps Tickets to your account balance. You can repeat the process once a day.
Be sure to follow Scratch’s social media accounts to get all the latest news and info about upcoming raffles, new games and other promotions. Scratch Carnival may post information about special events and raffle drawings, boosted odds on select gift cards, new scratch-off games and new collectibles.
A limited-time 2021 St. Patrick’s Day promotion offered a special draw for $2,500 and triple the odds to win $20 and $50 gift cards. An Irish-themed scratch-off game, plus St. Patrick’s Day-themed collectibles, were also part of the promotion. For Valentine’s Day, Scratch Carnival released a new scratch-off game, Cupid’s Fortune, along with Valentine’s Day-themed collectibles.
From December 2020 through January 2021, Scratch Carnival’s Happy Holiday event introduced a new scratch-off game, doubled the odds of winning $20 and $50 gift cards, added new Christmas-themed collectibles, and announced store discounts up to 50%. Plus, the site doubled the amount of Gold Coin rewards you could receive for inviting friends and giving them gifts.
How to get more Gold Coins
No purchase is necessary to play Scratch Carnival’s games. You can get free Gold Coins to play just for fun in a number of ways.
You’ll get free Gold Coins once a day in the Daily Gold Bonus scratch game. Plus, you can get free Gold Coins when you invite and send gifts to your friends on Facebook and Instagram.
If you want to keep playing and are out of Gold Coins, you can buy more from Scratch Carnival. Free Sweeps Tickets are included with some packs of Gold Coins, so be sure to take that into account when making your purchase. The number of free Sweeps that come with each Gold Coin pack will be clearly marked in the purchase window.
The operator accepts a number of convenient banking options, including credit cards and ACH e-check options. Gold Coin packs available for purchase include the following:
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To make a purchase, just click the store icon at the bottom of the app screen, select the Gold Coin package you wish to buy, then follow the on-screen prompts.
Be sure to keep an eye on Scratch Carnival’s Facebook and Instagram pages for store discounts all the way up to 50% during special promotional events. Scratch Carnival may ask you to submit documents to verify your ownership of the banking method you use to make purchases.
What kind of prizes can I win on Scratch Carnival?
You can end up with prizes from playing scratch cards with free Sweeps Tickets. Up for grabs are $5, $10, $20 and $50 digital gift cards to use at various restaurants, stores and other companies, such as Outback Steakhouse, Burger King, Applebee’s, Starbucks, Best Buy, the App Store, Uber and Home Depot.
You pick where you want to use your gift card, and Scratch Carnival will send the codes to the email address you used when you registered for your new account.
On top of the prizes you can win playing games, Scratch Carnival holds regular raffle drawings for bigger prizes anywhere from $500 to $1,000 and $2,500. Just log in to your account often and check the company’s social media feeds for news on upcoming raffles. These prizes have been going to just one winner per draw, so here’s your chance to win big.
Scratch Carnival scratch-off games
Virtual Gaming Worlds has been developing its own animated games for nearly 20 years. As you might expect, Scratch Carnival’s games offer quality graphics and animations.
Play all games just for fun using Gold Coins or play with Sweeps Tickets for both fun and the chance to win real prizes. Instant winners will have a choice of gift cards for a range of businesses. Claim your prize by following the app’s on-screen prompts.
Scratch Carnival’s instant-win scratch cards feature fun, festive, animated themes. It releases new games often, some titles for a short time only, such as holiday-themed scratch offs.
If you’re looking for something more challenging, try one of Scratch Carnival’s puzzle scratch-offs. Bubble Bounty gives you the challenge of solving a word puzzle, and in the process you get to set the animated bubbles free!
Another game to try is Kitty UpRoar. In this scratch-off game, all the kitties have their eyes on their toys. Hunt for a winning scratch-off match among catnip bags, wind-up mice, jingle bells and rubber goldfish.
Other scratch card titles that may be available on Scratch Carnival include Golden Oz, Cupid’s Fortune, Doctor Voltage, Vikings of the North, Pharaoh’s Hoard, Lucky Charms, Halloween Wilds and Kitty Christmas.
Scratch Carnival raffle drawings
Sweepstakes-based Sweeps Draws are lottery drawing-style games players can enter on the Scratch Carnival app. Each Sweeps Draw will have one guaranteed big winner. Winners will receive notification by private message or email within five business days.
Upcoming Sweeps Draws are announced regularly, and have given away prizes of $500, $1,000 and $2,500. Each drawing will include information on how to enter, so check back often.
Scratch Carnival customer support
Scratch Carnival has a contract with ZenDesk to provide an FAQ and support ticket system, which will likely be an excellent resource down the road. Alternatively, you can email Scratch Carnival directly at [email protected]
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Australia-based Virtual Gaming Worlds has been providing online casino games using its patented sweepstakes technology to players in 49 out of 50 states since 2012
Most of the slots, table games and poker games available on Chumba Casino, LuckyLand Slots, Global Poker and FendOff Sports are developed in-house. All sites offer the chance to wind up with real prizes.
While VGW’s other sites are accessible via web browser and mobile browser for Android and Apple devices and tablets, Scratch Carnival is the first site to offer app-only play.