Scratchcards were an instant hit when they were first introduced to the public in Boston in 1974. The brainchild of retail promotions specialist Daniel Bower and scientist John Koza of the American company Scientific Games Corporation, they are still popular nearly 50 years later.
The original scratchcards were only available in shops, but from around 2010 and onwards, you scratch and match to your heart's content online as well.
There are literally tens of thousands of online scratchcards to play, and one of our favourites is the Big Banker Wildcard.
If you’re a fan of slots, the Big Banker will be familiar to you. This top-hatted figure also appears as the face of the Big Banker slot series. But before the slot games, he was a scratchcard.
If you like to daydream and imagine what it's like to be ultra-rich, then you're going to love the Big Banker Wildcard. Here you'll get to scratch and reveal all the symbols we associate with those who have more money than they know what to do with, and hopefully match some.
Live out your fantasies by collecting diamonds, gold bars, bottles of champagne, gold bling and a Golden Safe. Match three of the same icons on the 3x3 grid and receive a payout.
There’s a Wild symbol, a panel that says Wild, that can stand in for any other symbol except the Big Banker logo to help you make a match.
The Big Banker logo acts the same as a scatter in slots, and if you reveal three, you’ll have a shot at the bonus game.
The maximum prize you can potentially win with the Big Banker Wildcard is a fantastic 10,000 x your stake. And with a betting range from 1.00 to 20.00, it could mean it may be possible to have a big payout even for a small bet.
To have a chance to win this whopping prize, though, you'll have to reveal three Golden Safe symbols.
Three Big Banker logos get you into the bonus game, where you'll also have a chance at some big prizes. Here you'll start out with 8 reveals and 3 banks on a 24 panel card. As you reveal values, you can choose to "Bank" your winnings or reject the offer and continue. When there are no reveals left, you keep what's in the bonus bank.