Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a huge list of Frequently Asked Questions about ScratchSmarter & our Best Games to Play report.   We suggest that, before you comb through these questions,  start by reading our Scratch-off 101 pages.  These will give you a good basis about scratch-off games, odds and how we track and analyze all games:

https://www.scratchsmarter.com/scratch-off-101/

Then, review all of our Video Secrets:

https://www.scratchsmarter.com/scratch-off-secrets/

If you want to know specifics about how ScratchSmarter analyzes your state, click on your state from the green map on this page:

https://www.scratchsmarter.com/lottery-corporations/

 

Finally, our FAQ section has all of your other questions already answered below!

Virginia (1)

For VA, we pull and factor in ALL Prize levels, so our SmartFactor algorithm is 100% accurate, as VA publishes all Prizes unclaimed on a daily basis on each games webpage.  For example:
Having all prizes remaining for all prize levels allows us to fully calculate the SmartFactor rating.  Also, the EST % of tickets sold is highly accurate (again because of all of this data published).
For TN, where they only publish prizes for the top 3 prize levels, our SmartFactor rating still works, but the Est % of tickets sold has a lower degree of accuracy.  In this case, our SmartFactor algorithm still works, but we have lower confidence in the Est % tickets sold.  Over the life of the game, I would say it’s approx 95% accurate.  For VA, I would put our Est % of tickets sold at 99.99% accurate.
To put it simply:  States that publish all prizes remaining for all prize levels = HIGHEST degree of accuracy for Est % of tickets sold.  The fewer prize levels they report on, the less accurate we can be.  We don’t publish a SmartFactor for states that publish less than 3 prize levels.  For most of those states (like NY, MA & FL), we file Freedom of Information requests to get that detail.   We’ve requested that level of detail from TN, but hey have flat out refused to provide it.

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