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Scratchcard history

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The original game tickets were developed working with manual randomization techniques. In 1974 the American company Scientific Games Corporation led by scientist John Koza and retail promotions specialist Daniel Bower produced the initial computer-generated instant lottery game. In 1987, Astro-Med, Inc. of West Warwick, Rhode Island, received the U.S. Patent for the instant scratch-off lottery ticket.

Uncomplicated prize scratch cards call for the player, for instance, to scratch off 3 (or far more) areas hiding numbers, symbols, and so forth. If all of the products revealed are the exact same, a prize has been won. Much more complex scratchcards have many distinctive techniques to win on a single card. Other scratchcards involve matching symbols, pictures or words, or are adaptations of well-liked (card-)games like blackjack, poker or Monopoly. Games are also tied to well-known themes including Harley Davidson, Important League Baseball, NASCAR, the National Hockey League, Marvel Comics and FIFA Globe Cup.

You can find currently two important suppliers of game tickets: Scientific Games Corporation, with production facilities in the USA, Chile, UK, Germany, Canada, Brazil and Australia; and Pollard Banknote, with production facilities in the USA and Canada. There are many other smaller producers in North America, Europe and Asia.

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