We tried Lucktastic’s free virtual scratch cards for a week. Here’s our review:
Let me start this Lucktastic review by telling you I don’t play the lottery very often. Sure, if the pot gets up to $100 million or so I’ll throw a few bucks in along with my coworkers. I never believe we’ll actually win, but I don’t want to be the only one left in the department if the miracle ever came true.
My dad was a big lottery player. When I was a kid our family really struggled financially and I guess my dad bought into the idea that “All you need is a dollar and a dream.”
Of course the state lottery happily took plenty of my dad’s dollars but never delivered on his dreams. That’s probably why I don’t like the lottery. I just hate to see people who are struggling gamble their money away with little chance of winning.
But Lucktastic isn’t really gambling because it’s free and you can never lose any money.
What Is Lucktastic?
The Lucktastic app is a completely free virtual scratch card game available for both iPhone and Android users.
This easy to use app is completely free-to-play for all US residents ages 13 and up. The app is ad-supported and you never have to buy anything or complete any surveys to win.
Some of the bigger grand prizes can be for thousands of real dollars, but winning one of those is very rare. Most of the scratch cards available pay out in tokens which can then be redeemed for gift cards to Amazon and other retailers.
Is Lucktastic A Scam?
When most people hear about the app, their first question is usually “Is Lucktastic real?” or “Is Lucktastic legit?”
That’s the first thought I had too, so I did some research on them. It turns out Lucktastic is owned by a NY-based company called Jump Ramp Games, Inc.
I checked their Better Business Bureau profile and the Lucktastic reviews from customers are not good. The common theme in the customer complaints is that people have a lot of trouble redeeming their tokens because Lucktastic consistently runs out of gift cards. It’s possible they underestimated the popularity of the app and are having trouble keeping up with demand.
On the other hand, when I look at Apple’s App Store I see Lucktastic customers have rated it 4 out of 5 stars, so it can’t be that bad.
Of course, there’s only one way to know for sure. So, since the app is completely free to play and you don’t need to hand over any personal or credit card information I decided to try it out myself.
DadSense’s Official Lucktastic Review
I decided to download the the app and try it out for a week before writing up my Lucktastic review.
Once you download the app you’ll need to enter your ZIP code and share your location to confirm you’re a U.S. resident.
Then you can start playing. The screenshot below shows a bunch of scratch cards available. Each one has either a cash or token prize if you win.
You’ll need to watch ads before you can access most of the scratch cards. They’re each only 15 to 30 seconds long and they keep the app free, so get used to them.
The game itself requires no actual skill. If you can scratch your smartphone screen with your finger, you’ll be good to go. Just scratch the card and if you get three of a kind you win.
Like real-life scratch-offs, you won’t win very often. It seems like you always win with the lowered-valued tickets where the prize is only 25 tokens. The bigger prizes are harder to win but if you play enough you’ll get some wins.
After seven days of playing I earned zero dollars in cash and accumulated 17,050 tokens. That sounds like a lot, but it’s not much. It takes 30,000 tokens to earn a $5 Amazon gift card, so it would take me another week or so to reach that level.
So if you average around 1,500 to 2,000 tokens per day you can expect to earn enough for $5 to $10 in rewards each month.
What I Liked About Lucktastic
- The app is completely free-to-play and it never asks for credit card information.
- You do get a little surge of excitement when you find a winning card.
- It’s a harmless diversion that can actually earn you a few dollars in your spare time.
What I Didn’t Like About Lucktastic
- It seems impossible to win any actual money and it takes many tokens to earn even a small gift card.
- There’s no skill involved in the game. All you do is scratch tickets and its gets boring very quickly.
- The ads are a little overwhelming and most of the time spent on the app is watching them.
- I tried to find the odds of winning at Lucktastic but the app just says odds are based on how many people are playing. That sounds exceptionally vague to me.
The Bottom Line
Lucktastic’s website has pictures of many users who have actually earned money on the app, and Yahoo Finance even did a story of a man who won a $1 million grand prize.
But based on my experience, the chances of winning anything significant are somewhere between slim and none.
And since there really is no skill involved, you can’t just practice and get better to improve your odds. It all comes down to dumb luck.
Will I continue playing Lucktastic?
Probably not. Since I’m already more than halfway there, I think I’ll keep going until I earn enough for a $5 Amazon gift card.
But after that, I just don’t see the point. Even if I have a few minutes to kill I’d rather go on an app like Swagbucks where I can earn money much quicker and by doing things that are more fun, such as watching videos or taking a quick survey.
Related: Read our full review of Swagbucks and learn how you can earn $50 to $200 per month doing things you’re probably already doing anyway.
At the end of the day, Lucktastic is completely free so there’s no harm in downloading it and giving it a try for yourself. If you’re looking for a quick diversion while you’re waiting for your kids to finish soccer practice or while you’re hiding in the bathroom at work, Lucktastic is for you.
But there are plenty of better ways to earn extra money if that’s what you’re looking to do.