Where does ScratchSmarter get the data?


We’ve spent years writing custom software code to collect data from each state’s website.  We gather all of the critical data we need for our reports to work.


When a state doesn’t publish enough detail for our reports to work, we file a FOIA (freedom of information request) to each state on a regular basis to go the extra mile & get the data we need for you!


YES- this means we are getting data that is not available on the state’s website.


Currently, we get FOIA game details for NY, MA, CO, NM, and WI.  All other states provide sufficient data for our reports to work.  We still scrape data from these states and add that daily data for top prizes remaining into our database.


The FOIA data is added to the daily data we gather.