There are many different forms of gambling, with some games having a much longer history than others.
But, scratchcards are one of the most recent inventions. In this article, we look into the history of scratchcards worldwide.
The Invention of Scratchcards
The first scratchcard was invented in 1974, by the American company Scientific Games Corporation.
The two people in the company responsible for the game were scientist, John Koza and retail promotions specialist, Daniel Bower, who set out to create an instant version of the classic lottery game.
Although successful, the initial scratchcards suffered one major problem. The silver coating that is common place on all scratchcards easily rubbed off, ruining games and the excitement with it.
So, fast forward to the ’80s, and an innovation was discovered that changed this.
Another scientist – Jerome Greenfield – created a non-toxic, water-based coating that is common place on all scratchcards you buy today.
And since then, scratchcards have remained popular ever since and continue to be sold in many countries across the world.
What about Scientific Games; the company that invented scratchcards? Well they are the leading worldwide manufacturer of scratchcards, producing all National Lottery scratchcards you find in stores today!