About Instant Scratch-Its

Instant Scratch-Its are a fun 'instant win' scratch lottery game from NSW Lotteries. Unlike traditional lottery style games, players do not have to pick numbers, or wait for a draw to be conducted to see if they have won a prize. They simply scratch to find out their ticket outcome instantly!


Instant Scratch-Its ticketNSW Lotteries first introduced Instant Scratchies to Australia on 15 November 1982 as a replacement for the $1 Draw Lottery. The very first game in NSW was called "Harbour Bridge" and cost just $1 to play. The top prize was $10,000.

In January 2012, NSW Lotteries updated the brand name to Instant Scratch-Its and introduced the new brand logo that exists today.

Over the years, different style games have been introduced at different price points to the portfolio of games to meet demand in the NSW market. 

Today there are many different price points ranging from $1.10 to $15 offering a variety of different styles of games including Crosswords, Bingo and Live the Life just to name a few.

Instant Scratch-Its games are changed frequently to create variety in the range and to increase player enjoyment. Each year over fifty new Instant Scratch-Its games enter the market at various price levels offering players the opportunity to win top prizes from $10,000 to $1,000,000 instantly! The Live the Life range even offers a top prize paid weekly over five years. 

Instant Scratch-Its tickets are a unique form of instant lottery where the prizes are all determined at the time of printing. NSW Lotteries prints all Instant Scratch-Its games at a secure facility using some of the most advanced and secure printing processes in the world. When games leave the production line they are already sealed with latex and neither NSW Lotteries, the printers nor our Retailers are able to determine which tickets are winners. Tickets for a particular game are randomly distributed to the NSW Lotteries retail network of around 1,600 Outlets.

Because of the secure nature of the game and the random distribution of tickets, there is no way of knowing exactly what prizes are still available to be won. In addition, winning tickets may have been purchased but not yet claimed.

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