If you’ve ever tried winning free money by using a scratch and win app before, I’m sure you’ve been met with plenty of frustrating experiences.
The premise behind these sorts of apps is always the same…win mega cash prizes and sweepstakes, all from the comfort of your own home, just by playing games on your smartphone!
In reality, most of these apps just pay you pennies for your time.
Occasionally, they might pick some random player to win $1,000 or a trip to Disneyland, but this is just for the sake of PR and to fool other users into thinking that they stand a shot at also winning something.
Well, I’m here today to tell you about a rewards app that is completely different than all the rest of the worthless apps out there.
Today, in this Lucktastic review, we’re going to take a look at this incredibly popular rewards app to see why I think it’s important to be careful with this app, and others.
There’s a lot of other Lucktastic reviews out there, but I don’t think all of them are honest.
Since there’s also a lot of people searching for this term every month, I thought it was worth doing an honest dive.
Let’s get to it!
What Is Lucktastic?
The app has more than 10 million installs between both stores, and judging by the amount of marketing I’ve seen for this app, user acquisition is the name of the game.
According to Lukctastic, it’s possible to win up to $10,000 instantly by playing with this app. Additionally, Lucktastic states there have been 1,000,000 winners to date and that YOU could be next!
Alongside cash prizes, you also have the chance to win a variety of trips or prizes, and this app is pretty standard as far as scratch and win apps go.
That’s all fine and dandy, but how do you actually make money with Lucktastic, or at least attempt to?
How Lucktastic Works – Earning Cash & Tokens
I’ve personally used Lucktastic for a few hours while idly watching TV, so this is why I’m writing this review in the first place.
But before we get into any of that, let’s start off this Lucktastic review by breaking down the different ways to make money with this app.
1. Scratch Cards
On Lucktastic, you can earn two things from scratch cards: tokens, and cash.
Each is a tad scammy in their own way, but here’s the gist of it:
- Token cards – Match 3 of a symbol on token cards to win X amount of Lucktastic tokens (usually a few thousand).
- Cash cards – Match 3 of a symbol on a cash card to win X amount of cash (anywhere from $1 to a few thousand).
You can cycle between games pretty quickly. After all, it just takes a few swipes to clear your scratch card to see if you have 3 matches.
After playing for a few hours, I only got 3 matches once, and it was for a $1.25 game I think.
I’ll get to why I won’t actually see this money in a bit, but for the most part, you never win scratch cards.
There is a ‘Bonus Play’ card on every scratch card, and this is inevitably how you accumulate bits of tokens over time.
2. Download Sponsored Apps & Offers
Once you come to the stark realization that scratch cards are an absolute waste of time, you’ll start exploring other ways to make money with Lucktastic.
And this, of course, is what the app wants you to do.
After scratch games, you’re sometimes presented with a screen that offers you thousands of bonus tokens for downloading sponsored apps. This is similar to apps like Bananatic or AppNana:
As you can see, these offers pay a few thousand tokens, whereas a couple of hours of scratching only earned me 431…
There’s also an entire section of the Lucktastic app that’s just a sponsored app and services offerwall.
Additionally, downloading apps is actually a requirement if you want the app to become better.
For example, you can become a gold-level member, which unlocks more scratch cards and sweepstake entries, for downloading 7 apps and playing more than 200 scratch cards.
From being in a bunch of affiliate programs that have pay-per-download offers, I can tell you that Lucktastic is earning at least $5-$10 if a user makes it to gold.
When you factor in the Lucktastic also plays plenty of ads between scratch games, it might actually be a bit higher than that.
This model inherently means that their average user has to earn much less than $5-$10 for this company to be profitable. This is just how these sorts of apps work, and hey, fair play.
But what’s troubling with this app is just how tough it is to cash out (more on that later) and the facade that goes on.
3. Answer Surveys
I’ve covered why I don’t think online surveys are worth it before, and Lucktastic is no exception to this rule.
The app has a simple survey portal where you can complete additional surveys for tokens. Nothing too crazy here.
However, tokens are practically worthless, so I really don’t recommend using this feature to earn more tokens.
4. Daily Bonuses & Referrals
The final way to earn tokens on Lucktastic is to consistently play scratch cards on the app and to rope even more unfortunate users into this depressing cycle.
Lucktastic pays 1,000 tokens for every friend you refer.
The app also uses a streak-based reward system to encourage you to use the app everyday. Here’s how the payments work:
- Day 1 – 150 tokens.
- Day 2 – 250 tokens.
- Day 3 – 350 tokens.
- Day 4 – 500 tokens.
- Day 5 – Mystery reward (probably lackluster if I’m being honest, no mystery here).
All of these methods to earn tokens, oh golly!
The question is, what can you redeem tokens for, and is it realistic to cash out?
Lucktastic Reward Options
I’m going to tell you right off the bat that the odds of winning and travel prizes or vacations is incredibly slim.
Annoyingly, Lucktastic doesn’t give any sort of mathematical odds in their terms of services because, as they say, your odds depend on the number of people who enter a sweepstake.
So, what can you redeem when it comes to cash and tokens?
Well, for starters, redeeming cash takes $10
Like InboxDollars, I have a sneaking suspicion that while Lucktastic hands out money pretty freely when you first download the app, it gets mysteriously harder to ever reach $10.
Funny how that works eh?
All I know is that after a few hours of playing, that $1.25 never moved an inch.
Now in terms of gift card rewards, this is where tokens come in.
$5 gift card rewards start at 30,000 tokens, and scale to be slightly more favorable if you have the patience to accumulate tokens.
Now, in my hours of playing this app while watching Tiger King on Netflix, I earned 481 tokens.
The math doesn’t look too pretty here. In fact, that’s $0.0801. So, in other words, a few pennies per hour at best.
This entire formula means that without striking it big, it’s not realistic to grind your way through to rewards.
And yes, I realize that maybe my few hours of usage isn’t the largest data set, but it seems like grinding it out and accumulating thousands of tokens might not be the solution either.
Unlike other beermoney apps that pay small amounts of cash for your time, I don’t think it’s all too easy to ever cash out your tokens in the first place…
Again, this is the main problem with this app, and why it’s somewhat scammy.
Let’s take a look at what some other Lucktastic users have to say to understand why.
Other Lucktastic Reviews
Let’s start off with this gem of a Reddit thread that explains how sneaky Lucktastic is when it comes to actually paying out users:
As you can see, this user states it “takes months of scratching the daily cards to get enough points…then when you try to redeem your points they are always ‘out of stock’,”
I’m not just cherry-picking negative Lucktastic reviews here either; it’s the common theme in ANY thread you read:
Here’s another thread, this time with some slightly more positive news:
It seems like some users can actually cash out.
However, for the most part, it seems like Lucktastic is playing some kind of bait and switch game at a mass level.
Makes you wonder if any of these ‘Lucktastic winners’ are even real:
Is Lucktastic A Scam?
This app isn’t a scam in the sense that nothing illegal is being done here, and it’s possible to win gift cards or cash with this app.
However, it’s definitely a borderline scam and in a massive grey area if you ask me.
I know survey sites and GPT sites can be brutal, but this app takes it to an entirely new level.
You will probably have to use this app for more than a month to redeem a single $5 gift card.
The real problem is that for a lot of users, it seems like gift cards are miraculously always out of stock, or they simply can’t redeem their points.
I can’t confirm this since it hasn’t happened to me, but if this is largely the case, then this app is definitely a scam.
Either way, I don’t think it’s worth the download.
I honestly looked into this app because there’s a decent monthly search volume for it and there’s an affiliate offer out right now that pays bloggers for promoting Lucktastic.
After actually trying this app, I have to say, I’m disappointed in a few things.
For one, whoever is running Lucktastic should simply do better. In fact, if you end up reading this review, please leave a comment addressing some of the concerns in this review. I’d love to know your thoughts.
And, secondly, I’m also pretty shocked at how many positive or, at the very least, complacent Lucktastic app reviews there are from other content creators.
Apps like this are NOT alright.
I don’t care if there’s some flashy affiliate program or something else. This app just isn’t worth the download.
There’s a difference between beermoney apps that pay you a few pennies but are honest about it and companies that don’t let half their users redeem gift cards.
Anyway, this is probably the most negative post I’ve written on This Online World, and for that I apologize.
It’s my hope that anyone Googling reviews for this app stumble across this post and get an honest take on it. Hopefully, Lucktastic makes some major changes or fess up to all these users asking about missing gift cards.
In the meantime, if you want some actually worthwhile side hustle ideas, I just released a video on the topic!
On top of that, you can also checkout the following posts if you want some realistic ways to make money with your phone:
- S`more App Review – Earn $36.50 Per Year.
- Mobile Performance Meter Review – Another Great Passive Income App.
- UpVoice Review – Earn $75 For Browsing The Web.
- The 12 Best Shopping Extensions To Save Money Online.
That’s all for this one!
I’ll catch you guys in the next one 🙂
Tom is a 23 year old recent college graduate from Canada with a passion for side hustling, passive income, and marketing. This Online World is all about providing people with honest ways to make and save more money by using technology. To learn more about Tom, read his About Page!
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