If you’re a fan of going to the local gas station and purchasing scratch-off lotto tickets to hopefully win thousands or even millions, then Lucktastic, a free lottery-like app, may be up your alley.
This app is just like the scratch-offs you purchase locally, only that they are 100% free. To date, the app has millions of downloads and is 100% free to join.
But, even though this app is free and you have the chance to win big, the question truly is if it’s really worth your time?
In today’s post, I downloaded the very popular Lucktastic app and took it for a spin to really see if it’s worth it to download and attempt to win.
Lucktastic App Review [Scam or Fun?]
What is Lucktastic?
Before I jump in and talk about Lucktastic in depth, I first wanted to quickly explain what Lucktastic is, just in case you have never heard of it before.
In short, Lucktastic, at least according to its official description, wants you to “test your luck to win real prizes and gift cards from scratch cars and sweepstakes.” In order to win these said prizes, you will be asked to play scratch cards just like the lottery. Scratch off your card and if you match three symbols, you win the prize.
These cards are updated daily with popular themes including “Diggin’ for Gold,” “Lucky 777,” and others that are always updated daily.
Aside from the scratch-off tickets, you can also enter into the sweepstakes and contests to win real money, prizes and even trips using the tokens you aern while playing. According to the company, every single day, the company gives away 50 gift cards and also offers monthly giveaways such as “Gas for a Month” and “Groceries for a Month.” Like the scratch-offs, these monthly contests are always updated and being added.
As I write this review, Lucktastic has given away more than $3 million in real money to more than one million people and are operated by a company by the name of Jump Ramp Games, a corporation formed in 2014.
How Does Lucktastic Make Money?
Some people think Lucktastic is a scam simply due to the fact that it’s free to you and the company gives away money. I mean, what’s not to love?
In short, Lucktastic makes money from a variety of ways.
For one, you often have to watch ads before you can scratch off your tickets. Each view equals money.
And, secondly, Lucktastic offers ways for you to earn even more tokens, often through surveys, watching videos and completing offers. Well, if you complete any of these offers and/or download an app they recommend, they get a kickback, meaning more money in their pocket.
In the end, they take a chunk of what they make and give it to you, only pocketing the rest for a nice profit.
Now that you know what the app is all about and how they make some cash, let’s dive in and really see what it’s about and if you should play.
Upon signing up, Lucktastic warned me that the app was for “U.S. residents only” and had asked me to enter my zip code to make sure I’m a U.S. resident. While it did ask to see my location, I did deny this request and was still able to play.
All in all, you can just enter your zip code and start playing immediately.
From download to install, it took about one minute to start playing around.
Once inside, Lucktastic will first run you through a very quick tutorial, kind of showing you how the app works. It asked me to open up a scratch-off and basically told me how to play. Like I noted above, it works no different than a scratch off you would buy from your local lottery. Just follow the instructions, and if you match, you win the prize.
After trying the tutorial, I was then asked to play a baseball one, which to my surprise I won $1 and six tokens. Later on, I will talk about tokens and what they are worth.
While winning the $1 was cool, I did find that a lot of these lottery-like apps will always give you a winner just to sucker you into the game, so while it’s fun to get excited, it’s something to keep in mind. This was brought up multiple times if you search for it online.
Once you play your first two scratchers after signing up, your dashboard will then look something like this:
As you can see, you can see all of the scratchers you can play, your daily rewards, alerts, VIP, your balance and more. There’s also a sidebar menu, found in the upper left-hand corner, that has even more links you can click on.
I will talk about this next, but for now, whenever you log into the app, if you do decide to use this app, let it be known that your scratchers will always show up on the dashboard. And next to each scratcher, you will be able to see how much you could win, either in cash or as tokens. This is where you want to focus on.
NOTE: Pay attention to that counter near the top as this is when all of your cards will expire and reset to a new batch.
Now that I have played around with the main dashboard and you see what it looks like, I wanted to browse through the various buttons I could click on, one of which was the “Daily Rewards” button, which looked like this when I clicked on it:
Basically, in this section, you will receive the said reward every consecutive day you log into the app.
So, if you logged in for one day, I would get 150 tokens, but if I continued and logged in for four consecutive days, then I could get 500 tokens. As you can see, the fifth day is a mystery, usually more tokens.
The “Alerts” tab near the top will usually alert you of any news. When I clicked on my alerts, which said I had six unread messages, here’s what I saw:
As you can see, it’s just promoting what you can already find on the main dashboard, but you could find a hidden snippet you didn’t know about.
To me, I would at least click on them to see what’s going on, but it’s nothing to worry about.
Alongside the “Alerts” tab was the “VIP” button, which, just like a hotel loyalty program or any loyalty program for that matter, would tell you what you need to do in order to achieve various statuses.
Looking at the VIP chart, the company offered three tiers — the VIP bronze, VIP silver, and VIP Gold. Each tier, as you can see below, offers a variety of rewards.
For example, if you play 30 cards + install one app, you can get a daily 500 token scratch card and a weekly $5 Amazon.com contest.
It’s really up to you if the VIP is worth it, but it just looks like you will have more chances at winning prizes. Nothing special and definitely not worth chasing.
The last part of your toolbar will simply tell you how many tokens you have as well as how many dollars you have.
The cool thing about the app is that there are actually two rewards you can cash out for. The cash portion is self-explanatory, which allows you to simply cash out, whereas the tokens can be redeemed for a variety of prizes, all of which I will get into a pinch here.
Here, you can also earn more tokens if you run out of scratchers by completing surveys, watching videos and so forth, similar to that of Swagbucks.
Aside from the visible button as seen above, you could also click on the sidebar menu, as seen below, which opened up even more opportunities.
I’ll break down these menu options below…
Registration seems to be optional, with the FAQ specifally stating that you can register at any time, whether it be Facebook, Twitter or by providing your name, email address, and creating a password.
This section takes you directly to the scratch cards, most of which you see on the main dashboard. A quick bookmark to get you where you need to be.
Get Gift Cards
Once you earn enough tokens, this is where you can go to spend your tokens. I will get into the token value later on near the end here.
As the name implies, you can use this section to enter one of the many contests going on. You will need a certain amount of tokens to enter, most of which start at 25 tokens per entry. When I took a look, the contents were pretty good, ranging from a $100 Walmart gift card to a PlayStation 4. If you don’t want to spend money on your tokens, then it’s yet another way to gamble and maybe win big.
This section seemed to list a bunch of offers you could complete in order to get more tokens. For instance, if you downloaded a Yahtzee app, you could get 800 tokens, etc. If you don’t mind testing out new apps and really want tokens, it’s one to consider, I suppose.
Get More Tokens
Like the “Today’s Bonus” section, this section allows you to get more tokens via surveys, watching videos, testing an app and so forth. I wouldn’t recommend doing this for more tokens as bigger companies such as Swagbucks are much more lucrative, but hey, if you really need those tokens, I guess it’s something to consider. It’s just a poor value in my eyes.
Simply share the app with your friends using the special ink and you can earn 1,000 tokens once they start playing.
Once you earn at least $5 in cash rewards (this is different from the tokens), you can choose your prize here. Again, I will talk about this at the end of this review.
If you’re curious about the most recent cash winners, then you can view the names here.
For now, I went through most of the app, and as you can see, there’s a lot to it, but it isn’t that hard to do. Personally, if you’re going to use the app, I would solely focus on scratching the scratch-offs and that’s it. Don’t worry about earning tokens any other way as there’s really no value in it, seeing what tokens are really worth.
Next, I want to dive into how much I made in one day and if it was worth it to me. Let’s take a look…
How Much Can You Make?
According to the FAQ, scratch cards will reset every day at 5 a.m. EST, with additional bonus cards added between 1 and 5 p.m. EST. “Nightfall” cards are added after 9 p.m. As long as you have your notifications on, you will be alerted whenever new cards are added. Plan on being able to scratch off about 20-40 cards a day.
Now, seeing this is truly a “chance” game, your results could vary from mine, but I played around enough with these games to know if they are worth it or not. So, to save you the troubles, I went ahead and scratched off all of my cards for the day while writing this review, which took me quite some time.
Here were my results as to what I made:
I played about 20 cards, with the average card distributing anywhere from 6 to as many as 25 tokens every time. Plus, I won $0.25 as part of a bonus. This is always going to be random, but let’s just take it as an average to see if it’s worth it in the end.
So, after 20 cards, I made 307 tokens and $1.25, but it’s hard to count that $1 because I think the app gives all users this $1 as an incentive. I will include it anyway.
Now, you’re probably wondering, what the heck are tokens are what can I get?
Seeing that’s a good question and the reason you’re playing, that’s where the next section comes into the picture — the rewards
The Rewards (what are tokens worth?)
Looking at the token section, which is beneath the “Get Gift Cards” section as mentioned prior, you can see there are quite a few rewards.
From magazine subscriptions to gift cards, I went ahead and listed what each option could cost you in tokens if you were to redeem. Keep in mind that these rewards are only active as of today and can change at any given notice.
- 1-year magazine subscriptions – 10,000 tokens
- $10 Restaurant.com gift card – 15,000 tokens
- $5 Amazon gift code – 20,000 tokens
- $25 Restaurant.com gift card – 25,000 tokens
- $5 Burger King gift card – 30,000 tokens
- $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card – 30,000 tokens
- $10 Burger King gift card – 40,000 tokens
- $10 Dunkin Donuts gift card – 40,000 tokens
- $10 Groupon gift card – 40,000 tokens
- $10 Petco gift card – 40,000 tokens
- $20 Uber gift card – 97,750 tokens
- $20 Panera gift card – 97,750 tokens
- $20 Sephora gift card – 97,750 tokens
- $20 Children’s Place gift card – 97,750 tokens
- $20 GameStop gift card – 97,750 tokens
- $25 Old Navy gift card – 115,000 tokens
- $50 Regal gift card – 199,999 tokens
- $50 Ruby Tuesday gift card – 199,999 tokens
- $50 Shutterfly gift card – 199,999 tokens
- $50 Spa Week gift card – 199,999 tokens
- $50 Applebee’s gift card – 199,999 tokens
- $50 Bass Pro gift card – 199,999 tokens
- $50 Bath & Body gift card – 199,999 tokens
- $50 Chili’s gift card – 199,999 tokens
- $50 JCPenney gift card – 199,999 tokens
- $50 Red Robin gift card – 199,999 tokens
- $50 Kohls gift card – 199,999 tokens
- $50 Olive Garden gift card – 199,999 tokens
- $50 Outback Steakhouse gift card – 199,999 tokens
- $50 Nike gift card – 199,999 tokens
- $50 Walmart gift card – 199,999 tokens
- $100 Amazon gift card – 375,000 tokens
Doing the Math
Okay, so remember, your results are going to vary, but let’s say you log in once a day and scratch off about 20 scratchers, which earn you about 300 tokens on average. I’m going to be nice and increase our averages to 500 tokens a day, a nice round number.
Looking at the rewards above, if I wanted that $5 Amazon gift card at 20,000 tokens, it would take me close to 40 days to get a $5 gift card! That’s a long time.
Again, you could hit the jackpot and win a lot of tokens, but using the average and from what I read online, the value really isn’t here. It’s going to take you a long time to earn even $5.
Cashing out with Cash
Aside from the tokens balance, Lucktastic will also have a cash balance, in which you can simply cash out for cash or if you choose, a gift card.
Looking at the screenshot above, it’s pretty self-explanatory.
You can either use your cash to buy a gift card, have a check mailed to you or if you have more than $100, you can ask for a Visa gift card.
In your cash balance, you will need at least $5 to receive a gift card to redeem your rewards. I did read that a lot of people have a very hard time reaching this balance as it’s really a luck of the draw, but what I found what that you either can’t cash out because everything is pending, as seen above, or your balance sits at $4 and some change for a long time.
What Others are Saying
As always, I want to include what other people are saying around the web since my voice is only one of the many people who have used it.
Looking online, I did find complaints, particularly via the company’s BBB page, but I did find some good as well.
As with any review, you will always find the bad mixed in with the good, no matter how great a company is, so make sure you take these pros and cons with a grain of salt.
- cheaper than playing lotto scratch offs
- fun to play
- rewards seem to always be out of stock
- lots of reports of people not winning
- bad customer service
- takes forever to earn $5
- get close to cash out but never make it
And, as of this review, the app has a 4.2/5 rating on the Google Play store…
I read a lot more bad than good, so do keep this in mind if considering playing and thinking about winning.
Lucktastic can be a lot of fun if you’re into scratching off lottery tickets. Yes, it’s addictive, but just like the lottery, you’re not going to make much. At least you’re not losing money, though, right?
Looking at math numbers, I just can’t justify logging in every day for more than 30+ days to earn $5. That is a poor use of time.4/10For that reason, I’m going to give the app a 4 out of 10, and the only reason I’m knocking it down quite a bit is simply due to the fact that I find it not worth your time. I just can’t find myself logging in for 30+ days to earn $5, it that.
However, if you like playing scratch-offs, you’re much better off using this app since, well, you’re not using your own money to buy these tickets. This is the only plus I can think of.
If you really want a $5 gift card or a great reward for that matter, then I recommend you at least checkout Swagbucks or Survey Junkie. These apps/websites are much easier to use and can easily earn you a $5 reward in less than a day of your time. They won’t be as fun as a scratch-off, but it’s free money nonetheless.
If you want to have fun using this app and maybe even win hundreds, if not thousands, then by all means, go ahead and play around, but when playing, don’t expect to make much for exchanging your time. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
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