This is a very valid concern, and it is a concern we hear from almost all of our new subscribers. It’s so common that we have two posts about it. Please read through these posts here:
There are two main reasons why a game may not be on our report.
- The game is brand new and our scraping code just hasn’t picked it up yet. Please wait until the next weeks report to see if it shows up. Most new games end up with a SmartFactor rating of 1.0. This means they aren’t good or bad to play, they’re just new and the odds from the original print haven’t changed significantly to make the game REALLY good to ply.
PLEASE NOTE: If it doesn’t appear on the next weeks report, please email INFO@scratchSmarter.com so we can investigate it.
- The game has expired. This means it is past the date to claim a prize and the game should not be played at all.
Either way, if you come across a game that isn’t on our list, you should avoid it temporarily until it can be investigated. There are SO many good games to play in every state that you should be able to find a ‘green’ game to play at any given retailer.
Yes, you can, if you have the time and the discipline!
We have taken years to build and perfect our database to analyze scratch off games.
At the same time, we’ve invested a lot of money to write custom code to gather all of the data for EVERY GAME on your state’s lottery website. And we invest in continuing to update this code as the lottery websites change how they publish their data!
For some states, we’ve taken the time to develop our Freedom of Information request process with the state lotteries office.
So, if you know exactly what data to collect to do card card counting, it would still take the average person 3 to 4 hours just to gather the data on every game and put it into a spreadsheet to analyze it. Then, it takes another hour or two to analyze the data to figure out which is the Best Game to Play.
That’s a total of a 4 to 6 hours EVERY TIME you want to analyze the data just to go scratch off a few games! And hopefully, you didn’t make any mistakes in all of that hard work you just did!
Our reports cost just 38 cents a week and we do all of this work for you! This includes all of our data quality checks and our perfected card counting algorithm. Really, it’s just 38 CENTS every week if you subscribe for a year!
You would have to earn LESS than 9 cents an HOUR to make it worth your while to do this analysis yourself!
Our reports pay for themselves the very first time you use them because we help you avoid the games that aren’t worth playing!
Quite frankly, we can’t understand why anyone WOULD NOT subscribe today!
‘Last scrape date’ is the date that our code LAST SCRAPED the data from that state lottery’s website.
In other words, this is the last date we gathered data and refreshed our database for our analysis into our reports! This information is most easily found on our Free Report pages HERE.
Why is this important? Having the most up to date information from your state’s lottery website means our analysis is as accurate as it possibly can be! We work extremely hard to ensure that our data is properly and accurately gathered every day and put into our data base for processing.
Our programs run nightly and we verify that everything is gathered and double checked before we compile our reports for our members every Friday! We put a lot of data validation and processes together to ensure we’re providing you the most up to date analysis possible!
We’ve been getting this question a lot! Unfortunately, there is not a database that we have access to that carries the best games in stock. Inventories are continually changing and the state lotteries will not share this data with us.
Just because a Lottery Retailer doesn’t have the game for sale doesn’t mean it isn’t for sale somewhere in the state! Retailers only make about 5% on the sale of a scratch off ticket. In other words, selling scratch off tickets is a waste of their time. They want you to just pick from what they have in stock and go buy something else in their store!
Yes, some games do get pulled from the retailers early, but the reason ‘why’ will probably surprise you!
Read more about WHY you might not be able to find the top game here. Then, decide for yourself if you just want to waste your money on any game the lottery and your retailer wants you to play, or if you’re ready to really try to win big and start Scratching Smarter!