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Is the Lucky Day App a Scam? My Thoughts.

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The other day I wrote about the Lucktastic app, and while I was reviewing that one, I noticed that there was another popular app in the niche known as Lucky Day.

Also curious about this app, I figured I would write yet another review on this lottery-like app to see if it was worth joining.  If you didn’t read my Lucktastic app review, well, in short, I didn’t really recommend it as it would take an eternity to earn $5.  Basically, I would only consider it only if you’re a fan of scratch-off tickets and don’t want to spend your hard-earned money at the local gas station.

So, is Lucky Day any different?

Is it worth your time?  Can you earn a ton of money?

Doing the dirty work for you as always, I played around with the app for quite some time, and here’s what I found out.

An Honest Lucky Day App Review

What is the Lucky Day app?

Before I get into the review, I first want to talk about the company’s background, something I usually do before I even review the website/app just to give you an idea who you’re working with.

Lucky Day was started in 2014 and was founded by Lucky Day Entertainment, Inc., a company based in Beverly Hills, California.  As of this review, the app has tens of millions of downloads with an average of a 4.6 out of 5 reviews.

The company also has a solid A+ BBB rating and a very detailed company profile, which talks about its culture and the people behind the app.  Looking at the profile, it appears they have a diverse group of people with fantastic benefits.  It also looked like they had quite a few skilled job openings, which could signal some great growth.

At first glance, I see nothing fishy about the company itself.  In fact, it seemed just as reputable as any company found on the Fortune 5,000 list, etc.  I think it’s safe to assume we’re working with a legitimate company here.



Signing up for an Account

Before you can use the app, Lucky Day first asks that you sign up with an account, either by connecting your account to your Facebook or signing up with your email account.

This is required to start playing with the up, so it’s really up to you as to how you want to sign up.  Personally, I just used my email to get rolling.

Signing up takes only a minute to do, and again, is required to access your dashboard.

Your Dashboard

After you create an account, you can immediately gain access to your dashboard, which will look something like this:

Here, you can scroll through the list of scratchers and start to scratch them off to earn your tokens or even win cash just as you would with a real lottery scratch-off ticket.  You can also visit your menu, pick your daily lotto numbers and/or enter a sweepstakes.

In this review, as always, I will talk about the many ways to earn and what it will take to redeem your rewards.

Menu

In the upper-left hand corner of your app, as part of your dashboard, will be your menu.

Here, you can find a variety of links, including the following:

This will basically be your shortcut to the many ways to potentially earn rewards as well as earn more tokens and even check out your current balance.

As part of this review, I will break down each section below that you find inside of this menu, quickly explaining how each section works below.

The Scratch-off Tickets

Let’s first start off with the scratch-off tickets, the main point of the entire game.  These scratch-off tickets won’t be found on your menu; rather, you will find them on the main screen.  Every day, the app adds about 20~ or so scratchers you can play.  These tickets are the first thing you will see the minute you open your app.

To play these scratch-off tickets, as you guessed it, you simply have to open up a scratcher of your choosing, read the rules and scratch away.  Generally, you will need to match three symbols to win the prize shown as shown below:

In this example, if I matched three “gold paw” symbols, I would win $1,000.   Even if you don’t match the symbols, you will usually get random token amounts as shown below.  These tokens will be added to your balance.

In that screenshot above, for example, I won 1,000 tokens.  This happens in almost every scratcher, and I will talk about the value of the tokens later on.  This is no different than a lottery ticket you would purchase at a store.

The annoying thing about this app is that you always have to view videos or you’re forced to view an ad for 30 seconds, so plan on wasting a lot of time watching ads.  This is how the app makes its money after all so do be prepared for all of this.

NOTE:  If you want to know your odds, I encourage you to visit the “terms” section in your app.  This can be found in your setting tab under the left-hand corner menu option.

Raffle

In the “Raffle” section, you can enter tickets to win a variety of prizes, most of which look pretty cool.

When I was writing this review, for instance, I could win a trip to Disneyland or even $500.  There were five active raffles at the time, all of which have an expiring timer as to when they are going to draw a winner.  This can change as time goes on, however.

To enter, one ticket will equal a certain amount of tokens.

So, for instance, the $5,000 giveaway would cost me 5,000 tokens, whereas the Disneyland raffle would cost 10,000 tokens.

All of the raffles vary in what it will cost, but these raffles are just that — a chance to win something quite valuable.  Don’t expect a win, but hey, you can’t win if you don’t try, eh?

Lotto

The lottery section lets you pick out five random numbers every day for your chance to win big cash.

As of this review, here’s how the lotto breaks down if you were to match any numbers:

  • 1 match = 50,000 tokens
  • 2 matches = 250,000 tokens
  • 3 matches = 500,000 tokens
  • 4 matches = $5
  • 5 matches = $50
  • 6 matches = $100,000

Every day, you can pick out six numbers, 0 through 59, for the chance to win big.  Five will be your numbers, whereas the sixth number will be the “lucky” one.  The lottery is free to play and will require no tokens on your end.

Again, it’s like the regular lotto, only that it’s free to play, so why not at least guess a few numbers.  I guess you don’t really have much to lose here.



Free Tokens

After a while, your scratchers will disappear as you scratch them, but if you really want more tokens, the app does allow you to earn more in the “earn tokens” section.

Now, I don’t recommend doing this as the value is extremely poor, but I’m just including this here anyways to show you how it works.

Basically, Lucky Day will reward you to complete special offers, take a survey, watch videos or even invite your friends.  For every activity you complete, the app will then reward you with the said token amount.

For example, as I wrote this, I could earn up to 160,000 tokens if I entered a Walmart raffle or up to 2.1 million tokens if I joined the Disney Movie Club.  It works a lot like the GPT websites I mention on this website a lot, only that you will get tokens instead of cash.  Sure, while you can eventually cash out your tokens, the exchange value is extremely poor.

Again, it’s a very poor value and highly recommended you consider Swagbucks, the leader in this industry if you want to earn actual money for your time completing varying offers.

Recent Winners

As this tab implies, here, you can view the most recent winners, along with a picture and the amount they won.

It’s kind of fun to at least scroll through and see what people are winning right now, whether it is the cash or rewards they cash out.

Leaderboard

In this section, if you want to win $10, you will have to have the highest token balance for the day to get it.

Here, you can view the current leader as well as where you stand.

As you can see from my screenshot above, I didn’t earn any tokens just yet for the day, but I ranked #434.  The #1 member, however, had more than 10 million tokens!  That’s quite a few.

It’s going to take a lot to be number one, so I really wouldn’t worry about this as your energy is best used elsewhere.

What Are Lucky Day Tokens Worth?

Now that I have talked about the many sections of the app, here comes the most important part: What the heck are these tokens worth?

Well, like a lot of these apps, many use a point system, making it hard to determine how much you’re earning.

Lucky Day is no different.  You’re going to have to use your math skills.

Before you start investing your time in this app, I highly recommend you check out the “Redeem Rewards” section to know what it’s going to take to earn something.  You’re going to quickly find out that the value is extremely poor.  And I’m being nice when I say that.

Depending on when you’re ready to redeem your rewards, you can get anything from a gift card to odd trinkets such as eyelash curlers, etc.

Honestly, the gifts looked like cheap Chinese knockoffs, but the gift card selection was meh.  When I was writing this, for instance, I could only choose from Panera Bread, Target, Home Depot or Dunkin Donuts.  This was pretty poor in comparison to other apps/reward websites.  These rewards do change over time as they restock the store.

So, what are these tokens worth?

Keep in mind that these are the redemption values as I write this, so your results could be different, but use it as an average.

As I write this, a $2 Panera Bread gift card will cost you 3,000,000 tokens, whereas a $3 Dunkin Donuts gift card will cost you 4,000,000 tokens, for instance.  A $10 Home Depot would cost 10.3 million tokens.

Quite a bit, right?

So basically every token is worth $0.0000001 or something like that.  Basically, it’s barely anything.

When you’re ready to redeem, you can do so in different categories, broken down into the number of tokens.

For instance, I could break my rewards down in 3, 5 or 10 million increments by clicking on the menu tabs near the top.

Again, I highly recommend you at least click around to see what it’s going to take to redeem and really see if it’s worth it to you.

Doing the math

I scratched off about 20 tickets and found I won an average of about 1,500 tokens each time.

So, doing the math, that’s about 30,000 tokens per day if you were to scratch off 20 tickets.  Keep in mind that this can take some time because Lucky Day forces you to watch 30-second advertisements after every three scratches or so.

Sure, you could earn more if you win more tokens, but again, you have to win, so I’m just going to show the numbers I was presented with.

Using those numbers, let’s say that you want the $2 Panera Bread gift card for 3,000,000 tokens.  That means you would need to open this app 100 TIMES over 100 days to earn $2.  You do the math for that one.

Even if you win and cut that in half, 50 days is still a long time.

Seeing it’s a game of luck, you really need to win big to make it worth anything.

Cash

Aside from tokens, you can win cash as well, usually in the scratch-off instant wins, but you can win in raffles as well.

I played around with this app for more than a month, and from what I read, it’s very hard to cash out as you need $10 to do so.

As you can see in my screenshot, I have been stuck at $7.25 forever.  I also read other people reaching $9 balances and being stuck there.

Is it coincidental?  

Who knows?  But, I wouldn’t rely on making cash simply from the scratch-off tickets, as like the tokens, it’s going to take quite some time if you ever do reach the $10 minimum payout.  And, by the time you do, you probably earned peanuts per hour.

Also, if you check out the Google reviews, there appear to be the same complaints as well…

This went on and on.

Also, if you read the official Google reviews, you will find a lot of negative reviews in regards to everything from glitches to being stuck at $7~, almost making me question how the heck they are maintaining a high 4+ rating.

Final Thoughts

In the end, I don’t recommend the Lucky Day app at all.  To me, it just isn’t worth my time.   I mean, if the app has millions of users, what are my chances of winning $500 in a raffle?

Plus, as you can see in my numbers, I don’t want to wait 60+ days to earn a $2 gift card.

I only recommend it only if you like the idea of winning prizes or just testing your luck with the raffles.  They do pay off, so it isn’t a scam.  I just feel like it isn’t worth your time.

If you want to use it to make cash, do not use it at all as you will be making pennies an hour after everything is said and done.  Let’s not even get started with the apps you have to watch.

While it’s a fun way to scratch off lottery tickets using no money, I think you’re much better of using other platforms, such as Swagbucks or Survey Junkie, if you want to earn cash.

For this reason, I’m not going to rank it out of 10.  Rather, I’m going to say don’t use if you want to make money but do use it if you want to win some cash.  In short, only use this app if you want to test your luck and see if you can win big.   Picture it more of a game than a place to win something.

Personally, I’m going to skip out on it as I don’t feel I have a chance to win, and frankly, I can spend my time wisely elsewhere.

As always, feel free to vent in the comments below to share your thoughts with the world.  We all want to know how the app has been treating you.

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. Working in the finance industry for more than a decade, allow me to share my thoughts! If you ever have questions, feel free to contact me via the contact page.

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