The winning numbers are generated by a computer program according to a formula.Cards that appear “almost” to win – for example, having three out of four of the matching symbols needed – are produced to encourage people to buy another card.The quantity of winning tickets is fixed – you just don’t know what, or indeed where, they are.
Could you crack British scratchcards in the same way?
If you are skilled at maths and do the work, you may be able to improve your odds a little.
Mohan Srivastava, a geological statistician living in Toronto, has spoken about how he began to analyse these “baited hook” scratchcards.
“The tickets are clearly mass-produced, which means there must be some computer program that lays down the numbers,” he says.
Like Srivastava, I would prefer to stick with my day job.