Scratch cards have been a popular pastime activity for many people all over the world. However since their invention people have always had to go to their local shop or state-lottery booth to be able to purchase their favorite scratch cards.
After purchasing the scratchies people were able to scratch them right then and there to see if they won a small amount and they were able to claim their win instantly or take them home, scratch them and then go back to the place they bought them in order to claim their small win.
When it came to big wins on scratch off tickets there was no immediate possibility of claiming the prize and wins were no longer instant. Players had to send their winning scratch cards to the offices of the state-lottery or private company that issued the ticket in order to claim their prize.
More often than not winners of top prizes would need to opt between getting their top prize in fixed installments over a prolonged period of time or select an instant prize of lesser value.
For these reasons the online revolution that has affected many businesses by moving their operations to the online sphere, has had a great impact on those who play scratch cards in several great ways that have made scratchies a lot more fun and much more rewarding to players.
The first and most notable change is the immediate accessibility of online scratch cards that are available to players from any internet connected computer and via many mobile phones.
This change means that the tediousness of having to march to your nearest shop or state-lottery point-of-sale is a thing of the past.
The ease of access also affects the process of winning prizes and cash and being able to claim them instantly. This is due to the fact that the internet has eliminated the middleman and players can now purchase their instant win games directly from the comfort of their homes or offices.
Nowadays the playing and winning both take place on the scratch cards sites so players get credited their wins instantly into their player account and can withdraw them as they please without the need to write and post some distant company for the privilege of accessing the money that they won.
Another great benefit that the internet has provided with regards to instant win games is invention of free scratch cards that are available for all players on most online game playing sites.
As more and more brands have entered the playing field, competition between the brands intensified and players are the ones benefiting directly from how competitive this industry has become.
Most online scratch cards brands entice new players with great free offers with real cash value. Some sites offer free games and let new players tryout their vast array of games for free. These offers allow players to keep their winnings and continue playing games using the cash they won.
Other brands offer players a free cash bonus that is not conditioned on the player making a deposit. All players need to do is sign up and claim the free bonus and their player account will be credited with the bonus amount.
They can then use this free bonus to play any of the dozens of different games offered on the site and of course keep what they win for themselves.
Returning players are not forgotten and different brand make repeated offers to players and offer more free scratch cards and extra bonuses for their loyal players, so there is always a great free offer to enjoy.