Frequently Asked Questions

Check out some of the most frequently asked questions we receive.  Just click on the categories to see the common questions and our answers!

Accounts & Accessing your report (14)


Please watch this short video to see how you can access your reports:


Email delivery has been the biggest challenge we’ve faced since we started. If you’ve subscribed- we guarantee we have sent your email. We cannot, however guarantee that your email provider hasn’t marked us as spam or worse – not delivered your report to you. (And yes we have COUNTLESS examples of non-delivery.


We recommend you skip the email headache all together- All subscribers can now access their reports every Friday in our members area without waiting for our emails  check out this video to see how you can access your report every Friday by noon est!


If you still want to get your email- make sure our report didn’t end up in your junk (or other folder) and add to your address list.

We really hate to see any of our customers go, but we understand – sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do!

You may cancel at any time.


Our service is 100% self-serve.  To cancel, you simply need to turn off the auto-renew button on your subscription in the members area.  Your subscription will end at the end of your subscription period. You can see more detailed instructions here:

Our game analysis is the intellectual property of ScratchSmarter. Once you have access to our reports, you have accessed our intellectual property, therefor, we do not offer refunds (full or partial) for our subscriptions.

– “Unsubscribing” from email distribution DOES NOT cancellation your subscription.



A subscription is for access to one state only BUT there is no limit to the number of states you can subscribe to.   We have to charge on a state by state basis because each state requires a significant investment in coding, analysis, and mapping to make each state work.  Basically, each state is expensive for us to create a create a report, so we have to charge or a state by state basis for every report.

If you’d like to subscribe to another state,  just click on “SHOP” from the menu above, find the state you want to add and buy a subscription.  Access to both states will show up in your member’s area.

While there isn’t a “print button” directly on our membership report page, there is a download button – members can download the PDF report and, once downloaded, can print it from there.




Most lotteries publish two critical dates about the games they sell:  “Closed (or End) date “and “Last Date to claim”
Closed games is an important date to track, but the date thats more important is:  “Last Date to claim”.  (Sometimes labeled “last date to redeem” or “Claim By”)
When the lotteries mark a game as CLOSED – it means they are no longer distributing that game to retailers, however, if a retailer still has an open pack, they are allowed to continue to sell them.
This is why we leave ‘Closed” games on our reports. If the game has a high smart factor and you can find it, you should play it.
Almost every lottery in the US allows for 6 months to a year to claim a prize.
This gives the lotteries time to collect games and get them out of circulation and allows open packs to be sold off.  The rules for ‘selling open packs’ varies from state to state, but because we go by ‘last day to redeem’, we’re safe with leaving these games on our reports.  This is also why we report on all games – look for an play the very best games you can find on the report.  Just play the green games that you can find.

Some site visitors have received warnings in their web browser stating that our site is ‘un-safe’.

We had some improper set up with our website when we originally built it, however, we have corrected these issues.  Our site is 100% safe to visit.  We have a current SSL certificate to ensure all visitors data is completely safe on tis site.

Our preferred method of payment is by Credit card OR PayPal.  PayPal has a number of services to allow customers to pay by ways other than a credit card.  Please check out if you have any questions.
As a very last resort, we will accept a check for annual subscriptions only.
Checks can be made out to ScratchSmarter, LLC
Our mailing address is:
ScratchSmarter, LLC
PO BOX 725
Skippack, PA 19474
You MUST include a mailing address, an email address and identify what state you want the membership report your Best Games to Play Report.  If you do not provide an email address, we cannot provide you a subscription to our service.
After we have received and cashed the check, your membership will be active for one year.
Reports are ONLY distributed to our subscribers through the membership portal on our site and through email.  Due to the timeliness of the data we publish, we do not distribute any reports by postal mail.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE double check the email address you used when checking out!  If you didn’t receive an email immediately after signing up, you may have had an error when entering your email address.

Just like any other on-line business, you’ll receive an email immediately after your order is complete.  If you didn’t receive an email from BestGames@ OR from it ALMOST ALWAYS means you didn’t enter your correct email address OR our automated email went to your junk / spam folder.

Our system is automated, so if you didn’t get an email from us within 10 minutes of placing your order – please check your spam / junk mail folders first.  Then, you may want to click on your back button a few times in your browser to see if you may have incorrectly entered the wrong email address when ordering.

BUT PLEASE, don’t submit your order a second time – we don’t want to bill you again.  If you accidentally entered the wrong email address with your order, just write a note to us at  Tell us your correct email address, and the incorrect email address and we’ll fix it for you.  This might take a few hours, but we will get to it!  We want you to get your report as soon as possible!

Our site is responsive to almost all web browsers and fully supports all smartphones.  You should be able to login to the members area and navigate to the report.  Once there, give it a minute to open.  You can also download it and save it to you ‘ibooks’ app for this week.  Look for the SAVE icon at the bottom of the PDF reader.
If you’ve ordered an annual report, you should also be receiving our weekly report via email.  If you have that email account on your phone, you can open the attachment directly from your email.



We do not guarantee email delivery, but that doesn’t mean you’re not on our mailing list. Our mailing lists are pulled directly from our list of subscribers in our orders list every week. If you placed an order, you are on our weekly list and we ARE trying to get you your reports!

Here is a self-help guide you can use to get your reports in your INBOX every week!

1 On the first Friday after you ordered, check your email inbox

Look for an email from


We send out reports by email every Friday by 5 pm est.

(please wait until 5 pm EST to check your inbox)


Found our email?

YES? ———–>


NO? Go to STEP 2

NO PROBLEM – your reports are getting through to your inbox!

BUT, to be safe, please add BESTGAMES@SCRATCHSMATER.COM to your list of contacts with your email provider to make sure you KEEP getting reports and important information about your subscription account.


2 CHECK YOUR JUNK or BULK email folder


Look for any emails from

Found our email?

YES? ———->

NO? Go to STEP 3

Either move the email to your inbox OR open it and mark it SAFE or NOT SPAM


Also, please add BESTGAMES@SCRATCHSMATER.COM to your list of contacts in email.

3 STILL no report? Look for the original email receipt from ScratchSmarter when you ordered. Found your receipt:?



NO? Go to STEP 4


Double-check the email address you put on the order.


Are you checking the right email account?     Don’t worry this happens a lot – almost everyone has multiple addresses.


Please check the inbox of the email address you used on the order and go back to Step 1.


4 Find the receipt for your order?


RECEIPTS are emailed out immediately AFTER you placed an order.




Check your credit card or PayPal account you used. Verify that you were charged something from SCRATCHSMARTER, LLC







OOPS! It looks like your credit card or PayPal account didn’t complete.


Please go to and make sure your order goes all the way through.


When an order completes, you will get an order receipt from AND you’ll automatically land out THANK YOU page!


5 Log into the member’s area and try to get to your report


Login at:

Https:// , scroll down and click on your state to get to your report.

Can you get to your report in the member’s area?




NO? Go to Step 6

Your email address is correct in our system and YOU ARE on our weekly mail list, BUT your email provider is blocking our emails to you.


Some email providers have very strong filtering rules for bulk emails. All or our weekly reports are sent through a BULK mailing program.


We are just being blocked – and not even getting to your junk mail folder.



You have three options:


1)      Just use our Members page.! BOOKMARK your reports page in your browser and come back to that page every week. This is your best option because our reports are automatically posted there every Friday by 12:00 noon EST, a lot earlier than when our emails go out!


2)      Contact your email provider help desk and tell them you’re not getting a report you paid for.


Ask them to white-list so you get your email.



3)      If options 1&2 don’t work, and you REALLY HAVE to have your report emailed to you, then create a free account on   Next, create a new user account on with your new email address. Then, email and request that we move your subscription from your old address to the new address.

PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR ORDER NUMBER IN THE EMAIL so we can verify it’s you requesting the change.


6 Email with your ORDER NUMBER, ORDER DATE and your FULL NAME ScratchSmarter has to fix your account! You ordered a report from us and we WANT to deliver it to you, but once in a while customers accidentally mistype their email address when ordering.


WE CAN FIX IT!   But, we cannot find your order by your email address because it is not correct in our system.


Please email us your order number, order date, and your full name to help us find your order in the system.







How to TURN OFF your AUTO-RENEWAL of your subscription

Subscribers who do not wish to auto-renew their subscription can easily turn it off at any time.

Step 1: Simply choose “Subscriptions” after logging into your account

Step 2: click on the subscription number you want to manage

Step 3: change the auto-renew toggle button from ON to OFF!

It’s that simple!

– Our analysis is the intellectual property of ScratchSmarter. Once you have access to our reports, you have accessed our intellectual property, therefor, we do not offer refunds (full or partial) for our subscriptions.

– “Unsubscribing” from email distribution DOES NOT cancellation your subscription.



We use the phone number at check out process for any one of these three reasons:
1) verify that you’re a real person.  There are a lot of ‘bots’ that create fake accounts on sites like ours.  If we have a phone number we can manually verify people if needed.
2) occasionally, customers register and accidentally type in the wrong email address.  We need another means to contact customers in case this happens. We need to talk to these customers on the phone when this happens.
3) depending on how customers place an order (credit card through our credit card processor, or PayPal or PayPal e-check) a phone number is required for verification.
We don’t use the phone number for any other reason.

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