scratch ticket

noun

variants chiefly US scratch ticket or chiefly British scratch card
: a card (such as a lottery ticket) having a small area covered by an opaque coating which may be scratched off to reveal hidden information (such as a prize)
won fifty dollars on a ten dollar scratch ticket

Examples of scratch ticket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Suds only began selling Idaho Lottery scratch tickets at the start of February, and the two winning tickets were claimed by people who know each other. Shaun Goodwin, Idaho Statesman, 12 Apr. 2024 Contributing to that pile were record-high scratch ticket sales ($4.043 billion) and record-high Keno sales ($1.226 billion). BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2023 Sales of scratch tickets, which generally account for 65 to 70 percent of all Lottery sales, totaled a record $4.043 billion, up 3 percent over the previous year. BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2023 The odds of winning the scratch ticket's million-dollar prize are not stated on the site, only that a player's chances of winning change with every ticket sold. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 26 May 2023 Joanie, who lives in the town of Cowdrey, recently won $250,000 on a 100X The Cash Bonus Draw scratch ticket, according to a press release from state lottery officials. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 17 Mar. 2023 According to an analysis of scratch ticket data from the Texas Lottery Commission, NYS Food Mart on Rigsby Avenue sold a ticket that resulted in one lucky person winning $5 million. Libby Seline, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Mar. 2023 On December 19, members can play an online scratch card game for a chance to win an eGiftcard of either $10 or $100. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, 3 Dec. 2020 Take a seat next to a local, meander over to the scratch card machine, and make some memories. Megan Johnson, BostonGlobe.com, 26 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scratch ticket was in 1977

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“Scratch ticket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scratch%20ticket. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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