Play Online Scratch Cards at IE

Table of Contents:

Top Games | How to Play | Odds and Payouts | Tips | Bonuses & Promotions | Mobile Experience | Help | FAQ

Millions of physical scratchcards are sold every year in Ireland, but sales are dropping as an increasing number of players turn to online scratchcards instead. These online-only games have better graphics, greater variety, and there’s no mad dash for a 20-cent coin to scratch those panels away!

At IE, we have a wide variety of online scratchcards, offering all the fun, none of the mess, and letting you play from the comfort of your device!

Our Top Scratch Card Games in Ireland

Game Name Description
Merlin’s Millions Scratch Join the mythical Merlin on his search for treasures.
Foxin Wins Scratch The fun-loving and super-stylish fox is back in this 3x3 scratchcard.
Gorilla Go Wild Scratch Gorillas, monkeys, and lemurs litter this scratchcard.
A Dragon’s Story Scratch Who said dragons have to be big and scary? This one is cute and pink!
Luxor Scratch Explore the majesty of Ancient Egypt and collect some big wins.
A Nightmare on Elm Street Scratch One of the silver screen’s most iconic villains now has his very own scratchcard.
Call of the Colosseum Scratch Step into the Colosseum and do battle with fierce warriors and beasts.

How to Play Scratch Cards Online

Where the goal of a physical card is to keep things simple and generic, the goal of an online variant is to be bold and colourful. There are fewer limitations, so developers use more of the tools at their disposal, improving the aesthetic without necessarily changing how the games are played.

You’ll find all kinds of weird and wonderful themes, from those mimicking popular slot games, to ones based on classic films and TV shows. When you find one that you like, just make sure you have money in your account, open the game, and buy a card.

Unlike slot games, which allow you to choose your stake and often have a very wide range, scratchcards have fixed costs. Once you pay this price, you’ll get a card and from that card, you will have a chance of winning all of the prizes listed in the paytable.

To reveal the symbols on the card, you can either scratch them off individually using your mouse (or your finger, if playing on mobile) or select “Reveal All”. The result will be the same, and you don’t have less or more of a chance by selecting one or the other, so just opt for the one you prefer.

When the symbols have appeared and the game is over, all applicable winnings will be paid, and you’ll need to purchase another card to play again.

If you have any issues with these games, see our Help section below.

Odds and Payouts

In Ireland, scratch card odds are often displayed in decimal form. It might say, for instance, that you have a 1 in 2.35 chance of winning. This tells you the likelihood of winning any monetary amount from a single scratch card but doesn’t paint a complete picture, as it doesn’t go into detail concerning bigger wins and jackpot wins.

Online scratchcards are a little more detailed and the odds are often displayed as a Return to Player or “RTP” (some may also be listed with a house edge, although RTPs are far more common).

An RTP is calculated over thousands of plays and tells you approximately how much you can win during an extended session.

Many scratchcards hover around 95 to 97%. One of the easiest ways to understand this is to imagine that the percentage symbol is swapped with a Euro amount and is an approximation of your total return from a €100 bet.

For instance, if the RTP is 95%, we can convert this to €95 and calculate that 100 €1 bets will generate an average payout of €95.

Of course, this is just the average. It doesn’t mean you will consistently win €95 from every 100 €1 card you buy. You could win much less or much more but knowing this figure will help you understand the RTP average of a scratchcard and compare it to other scratchcards.

The 3 Most Important Tips Before We Play Scratch Card Games

There are no easy tips and strategies to help you win playing online scratchcards. They are games of chance, which means they are based entirely on luck. Furthermore, the outcome is decided as soon as the card is purchased, which means it doesn’t matter if you reveal it slowly or quickly; gradually or all at once.

However, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of winning when you play online scratchcards.

Take a look at these 3 top tips to help you do just that:

  1. Create a Bankroll

    The first step, and the most important, is to create a bankroll. This is something that all professional gamblers and successful gamblers have in common.

    Not only will it reduce the risk of problem gambling, but it can also help you keep track of your winnings and your losses and prevent you from losing more than you can afford to lose.

    A bankroll is basically your gambling budget. There is no strict method for creating this budget, it all depends on how often you gamble and how much you gamble with.

    For instance, you may decide to gamble with 10% of your disposable income every month. If so, you just need to deposit this money into your casino account and set a stake that allows you to stretch it over a month.

    If we assume that the amount is €100 and you play every Saturday for 2 hours, that’s 8 hours a month. Based on this info, a stake of between €0.5 and €1, along with a measured and methodical style of play, would be most suitable. If you gamble more frequently but don’t have more money to spare, simply reduce your stake.

    In creating this budget, you should never assume you will win and you should never take money from your bills or living costs.

  2. Collect All Available Casino Bonuses

    The only way you can guarantee success when playing games of chance is to play with someone else’s money.

    That’s easier said than done, and unless you have very generous friends, no one is going to give you cash to play scratchcards.

    Bonuses are the next best thing and there is no shortage of these at IE.

    We have a huge selection of online casino bonuses for you to explore and many of these can be used to play scratchcards! Get a Deposit Bonus as a new member and a loyal one and collect extra rewards through our VIP Club.

  3. Choose Your Games Carefully

    No two scratchcards are the same. They may look similar and have similar jackpots, but there are slight differences with regards to payouts and possibilities, and these have a big impact on the house edge, also known as the RTP or Return to Player.

    The higher the payout and the lower the house edge, the better your chance of winning. You can find information like this in the game’s help files and it can nudge you in the right direction.

Bonuses and Promotions for Scratchcards IE is a haven for casino bonuses and we have many of these for you to choose from. We have bonuses for new players and loyal players; bonuses for slot games and table games. You will also find plenty of offers targeted at scratch card players, giving you a chance to reveal even more panels and chase even more jackpots!

Our bonuses change all of the time, so make sure you drop by our Promotions page to get a rundown of the latest offers. Check the bonus payouts, read the Terms and Conditions, and if you have any questions, see our Help section below.

Mobile Experience

We’ve said it many times before, but it’s worth reiterating: All casino games can be played on mobile at IE. This is true whether you’re spinning the reels on slot games, dealing cards on games of Poker or rolling dice in Sic Bo. It’s also true for online scratchcards, but these games have an extra special appeal on mobile.

You can’t beat the feeling of scratching off game panels with your finger—watching as the pieces disappear and the symbols reveal themselves one by one. It’s an immensely tactile experience, and in many ways, it’s better than the real thing, as you don’t need to pick up an avalanche of shavings afterwards!


Playing scratchcards is a lot of fun and it’s also relatively simple. In fact, these are some of the easiest games to play in the casino, and that’s one of the reasons they consistently attract such a large number of players.

However, if you’re playing scratchcards for the first time, you might be a little confused or overwhelmed. Although rare, you may also experience technical issues or account issues from time to time. In such cases, you can try the following help options:

  • In-Game Help Files: All of the games available at IE are accompanied by help files. In these files, you can find information concerning payouts, paytables, bonus features, and anything else you need to know. Just look for the “hamburger icon”, which is displayed as three horizontal lines stacked on top of one another (like a hamburger!). Click this icon and the games info screen will pop-up.
  • Customer Support: If you have a question that the help file can’t answer, just contact our Customer Support team. We have a dedicated team working around the clock to help with whatever issue you have and to answer any question that’s on your mind. You can contact us via phone or email, or simply open the Live Chat box and chat at your convenience.


Got a few questions about how online scratchcards work and how they differ from the cards you can buy in your local store? Take a look at this short FAQ.

  1. Can you order scratchcards online?

    In Ireland, all physical scratchcards are sold by licensed lottery vendors and are only available offline. Online scratchcards, however, are a different breed. They can be bought and played online, with no physical tickets needed.

  2. Can you play scratchcards on mobile?

    Of course! All IE scratchcards can be played on mobile, with support for most devices. This is often the best way to play, as it provides a very tactile experience. You can use your finger to scrub the virtual panels away and gradually reveal the numbers underneath.

  3. What are the best scratch cards to win?

    Winning is a great experience all-round, but it’s fair to say that some are “better” than others in this department. If you’re looking for the biggest wins, focus on the scratchcards that have the biggest jackpots.

    It’s as simple as that!

    Just remember, scratchcards generally have much bigger maximum payouts than most table games and slot machines, so they all have a lot to offer.

  4. Are online scratchcards rigged?

    Scratchcards, like all legitimate casino games, are backed by careful audits and built using advanced random number generators. These are similar to the systems used to generate physical scratchcards, and it ensures that every outcome is completely random and fair. There is simply no way to predict the outcome of a single scratch card and thanks to the complex systems used to safeguard them, there is no way to influence them either.

  5. How can I check scratchcards online?

    The results from virtual scratchcards are shown instantly, so there’s no need for doublechecking and confirming. If you win, the money will land in your account instantly and from there, you can withdraw it to your chosen payment method or use it to play other games.

    However, many vendors of physical scratchcards allow you to check results online before you scratch the panels. The process differs, but generally, you’ll need to input the serial number on the vendor’s site.

  6. Can you win big on online scratchcards?

    Online scratchcards generally have some of the highest jackpots in any online casino and IE is no exception. We have some of the biggest jackpots in Ireland, with tens of thousands of Euros up for grabs on cards that cost just a couple of Euros.

  7. How long do I have until I claim my prize?

    Your prize will be released into your account as soon as you win. Of course, the same can’t be said for the cards you buy in your local store, but that’s the beauty of online scratchcards—everything is instant!

  8. Are online scratchcards safe to play?

    They are very safe to play and we make sure of it, using the best SSLs, working with the best developers, and keeping everything as safe as can be!


Whether you call them scratchies, lottery games, or scratch cards, these games are some of the best known and the most played in Ireland. In this guide, we’ve explained everything you need to know to play scratch cards online, which means there is only one thing left to do - play!

Join IE today to play our most popular scratch card games, collect your Welcome Package, and take your shot at some of the biggest jackpots available online!