Day One

Welcome to Day One of - a blog where I plan to record my scratch card wins and losses through the entirety of 2019.

I wrote all about the experiment on the page not-so-surprisingly titled 'About The Experiment', but I'll give a quicker recap here.

In 2018, I set out on a goal to play at least one scratch card a day. I ended up £191 down after 365 days and thought I'd give it another go as I believe I played it wrong from the start by purchasing long rows of the same cards from different shops rather than buy varieties of cards to mix things up.

I'm not stating that my 2019 idea is any better. It's just that I believe that I did it wrong in 2018 and thought I'd give it another go this time.

National Lottery 2018 Scratch Card - £2 Cash PyramidSo, without further ado, I give you the first card from the pile. A friend of mine has selected this one first and it's a £2 Cash Pyramid from the National Lottery (nearly all of the 2018 cards were from the National Lottery. Those that weren't were from Rieves Lotteries).

The Cash Pyramid is a £2 card with the top prize being £100,000.

The aim of the game is to find any of the three winning numbers on the lines of the card.

Each line has a prize. If your number is scratched off, you win the prize for that line.

Oh, and there's a special 'X2' also floating around that will instantly give you double the amount that is under the prize panel of that particular line.

The winning numbers are: 18, 30 and 3.

Line one does not have any of the numbers. It has a 9 and a sixteen.

The second line didn't give me any of the numbers required as I had 13, 12 and 11.

The third line has an X2, so I have double the prize on this row. The other numbers didn't match my requirements. The 'Prize' panel will be scratched at the end.

Rows 4, 5 and 6 also didn't have any of the numbers I needed.

The 'Prize' for row 3 - with the X2 on it - is £5. Therefore, I've kicked off 2019 with a tenner back from a £2 stake.