Instant scratch cards for instant results 

Bhutan Lottery Limited (BLL) launched scratch cards yesterday that give instant results unlike the monthly paper lottery, Phuensum Dharim

Lottery buyers need not have to wait for a month now to know whether their lottery tickets have won a prize with the instant scratch cards that was launched by the Bhutan Lottery Limited yesterday in Phuentsholing.

Called the ‘Thuensum Scratch’, finance secretary Nim Dorji launched the instant scratch cards that give instant results, after a year of BLL’s operation last year.

The scratch card is, meanwhile, played by matching the objects in the card after scratching it. In this figure matching game, it needs to match more than three figures to win the prizes. The card is priced at Nu 30 and the winning prizes range from Nu 60 to Nu 500,000 per scratch if it matches.

The name ‘Thuensum’ literally meaning to match three coordinates signifies the combination of three signs from the 12 Bhutanese birth signs. Such combination are said to predict achievement, prosperity and fame.

BLL’s Chief Executive Officer, Phenphay R Drukpa, said, “We wanted to do something special which gives our buyers an opportunity to win instantly as opposed to waiting for a draw in the traditional form of paper lottery.”

In the first stage, BLL has printed 200,000 scratch cards worth Nu 6mn. The scheme provides more than 11,000 winners. There is no limit for a buyer when it comes to buying the number of scratch cards. The prizes upto Nu 10,000 can be claimed from the regional sales counters, while the amount exceeding Nu 10,000 has to be claimed from BLL’s office in Phuentsholing.

The scratch cards would be made available for sale in across all the 20 Dzongkhags through BLL’s nine regional sales agents. The scratch card is, however, restricted to children below 18 years of age.

BLL’s Marketing Manager, Karma Choden, said the results of Thuensum scratch cards are declared instantly without having to wait for a month. “It’s launched in order to provide entertainment and chances of winning to our lottery buyers,” she added.

Meanwhile, the regional sales agents say the scratch cards would go well initially as being new in the market.

KP Sharma of Region 9 in Tsirang and Dagana said he had started receiving inquiries about the product. “They must be excited for now as it being a new product, which declares instant results,” he said, adding that the customers need not have to wait for a month now like waiting for the results of Phuensum Dharim.

Meanwhile, BLL will also pay for the used scratch cards if they are collected and brought to the ticket sale counters. This is an initiative to curb environmental pollution. BLL will pay Nu 25 for every 100 scratch cards.

Krishna Ghalley from Phuentsholing