*While we’re on the subject of Golden Scratch-R’s, here’s a repost of something from a couple of months ago on when it’s better to buy a Golden Scratch-R and when it’s better to bulk-buy donuts:*

When you buy a Golden Scratch-R at the Kwikimart, you win donuts every time. But is it better than buying donuts at the donut store? Well, here’s what **Lais **has to say (the currency used here is Euros, but it applies for other currencies as well):

*You buy the cheapest set of donuts, 12 donuts, you pay €1,79, and that’s double the amount of donuts that you get with the worst result on the Golden Scratch-R, and double the price of it too. So if you can’t afford to buy a truckload of donuts but just need another dozen to reach the amount of donuts you need for that premium building you’re saving to buy, it might make sense to try the Golden Scratch-R and maybe you’ll get some extra donuts for the same price!*

And **Jayson **had this to say (using $US):

*I’ve calculated the Golden Scratch-R “Worth” using this site’s info –
http://simpsonswiki.net/wiki/User:Phinbart/Tapped_Out_progress –
to determine scratcher odds. I found the average donut output on the scratcher is 13.57 (or 13.7 per $1). This is slightly better than the $9.99 donut buy (13.2 donuts/$) but not nearly as good as the $19.99 donut buy (15donuts/$).*

Here’s a comment from **Renosis**:

*Well, I bought a Golden Scratch-r and won 20 donuts. Could have been better, could have been worse. Looking at the break-out of donut prices, it never makes sense to purchase the dozen donuts for $1.99 (not that it was EVER a good deal). As, for $0.99 you can get a Golden Scratch-R and you are guaranteed at least 6 donuts. So if you are itching to spend $1.99, get two Golden Scratch-R’s instead, as the worst that can happen is you will get 12 donuts but more likely you will get between 12 and 200 donuts.*

And finally, one from **janibach**:

*Here’s something from Until today I had never spent any real money on this game but today I bought five golden tickets – my way of paying for the months of fun I have already had with it. My prizes were as follows: Ticket 1: 50 donuts; Ticket 2: 12 donuts; Ticket 3: 100 donuts; Ticket 4: 6 donuts & Ticket 5: 12 donuts. Total # of donuts: 180. Total cost to me: $4.95. Now I have Frink’s lab and the TV satellite.*

So, even if you don’t have the occasional bigger win, each time you buy a Golden Scratch-R, you’re doing just as well, and even slightly better, than buying a dozen donuts through the donut store. And you’re making Apu very happy.

I’m having trouble with the golden scratch card. I can buy maybe one, after which it doesn’t let me buy more and says “A problem occurred with your purchase. Please contact Itunes support”. This happens over and over again. I have enough funds on my card so i don’t know what the problem is. Has this happened to anyone? Tsto any tips? 😛

thanks

Hi mukul – I’d contact iTunes support – there’s probably something wrong with the way your account is integrating

The golden tickets are a rip off. I got five and received prizes in this order:

1) 9 donuts

2) 6 donuts

3) 12 donuts

4) 6 donuts

5) 6 donuts

For $5 I could have gotten 50 donuts through the donut shop. Assume you will not win the jackpot prize because chances are you won’t.

I used apptrailers to get a 10.00 Google play gift card. I used it to buy 10 tickets and earned just over 200 donuts. I don’t think I would use money I have saved in the bank on gambling. But I will do golden tickets after I earn my next gift card, for sure.

I bought one which gave me 12 but when I bought my second one, I won 6 but it only gave me 3! A bit disappointing even if it is only 3 donuts that I lost

I bought 2 tickets: first time i got 6 and second time i got 9, but i ended up with only 3 donuts, as if 6 donuts counted as 0. Really unfair.

I got 150 donuts for 9p cheaper than the 132 donuts by buying a few scratchrs

I have to disagree strongly with this post, as I think that the Golden scratch cards are not worth it at all. If you break it down and look at cost per donut for each prize band, you need to win 20 donuts (only a 1 in 10 chance) for it to be a better deal than buying 60 donuts.

In the UK, the value for the scratch card prize donuts is as follows,

6 [11.5p each]

9 [7.66p each]

12 [5.75p each]

20 [3.45p each]

50 [1.38p each]

100 [0.69p each]

A scratch card costs 69p each.

Compare this to the price of buying donuts…

12 – £1.49 [12.416p each]

60 – £2.99 [4.983p each]

132 – £6.99 [5.295p each]

300 – £13.99 [4.663p each]

900 – £34.99 [3.887p each]

2400 – £69.99 [2.916p each]

You will notice that strangely enough, 60 donuts is better value than 132 donuts.

If you were to buy 50 scratch cards, according to the odds, you should average out at 660 donuts – although there is a chance of getting better or worse.. Buying 50 golden scratch cards would cost £34.50, and for another 50p more, you could buy yourself 900 donuts which are guaranteed.

At the end of the day, it’s a gamble, and if you are on a tight budget, or get enjoyment out of gambling, then they are a good buy. If you are looking to get value for money for you donuts, or plan to be a regular scratch card player, it isn’t worth it mathematically.

I don’t think anyone should ever buy a dozen donuts, as for 2 times the price, you can get 5 times the amount of donuts. I agree that compared to a dozen donuts, the golden sratch card is worth it, but compared to 60 donuts, a 1 in 10 chance to get a better deal is not worth it in the long run.

Thanks Jamie – great response 🙂

You’re welcome. Thanks for such a great site. I check for updates atleast 5 times a day. Keep up the great work!

To follow up from my last reply, you actually have a 16% chance, instead of 10% chance, of getting a better deal than buying 60 donuts. I’m not sure if the prices translate across other currencies, but I’d assume it’s pretty similar.

Golden scratch-r’s are so addicting, I just couldn’t stop buying them. And then I didn’t have any currency anymore on my itunes account.

I won’t buy them again. My biggest win was 20 donuts and then I got 6 donuts 3 times in a row. Not happy

Hi Homer – until yesterday, that was my record, too. This was my “one last try”. 🙂

I’ve had at least 5 one last tries 🙂 lol just gambling In action I guess 🙂

I’m not a risk taker, & I don’t believe in gambling (Golden Scratch-R is a game of chance). So it’s obvious what my choice is.

To date, I have spent nearly US$300 on TSTO, with 2X Boatload of Donuts, 1X Store Full of Donuts, and 1X Truckload of donuts. I never spend a single dollar on Golden Scratch-R.

Abu may not happy, but Gil is happy. 😉

I think I’m at about 18 dollars worth of scratchers. Because of them I have been able to get Duffman and the Brewery (I was about 94 donuts away when I started scratching; had saved up from the Xmas event and bonus levels), Lugash and his Gym (got lucky with a 100 donut win from a scratcher) and Hans Moleman (was at 38 donuts when I needed a few scratchers to get him because I had gotten 12 from the freebie during Whacking Day).

If you add that up I probably won about 290 or so donuts. So it evens out, maybe a bit better? Dunno if it’s completely worth it but I do have lotsa fun scratching the scratchers! The anticipation is great!

I’ll probably keep going that route if I keep needing to purchase donuts. They’re fun and way addictive. I just added another $10 iTunes card to the account so I see some in my future. LOL.

Not sure what I’m gonna go for next. I do want Squeaky Teen but I keep hoping he’ll be in that mystery box. I got $250 the other day so I’m guessing it’s because I already had a Lemon Tree. 🙂

TB

I just bought 3 tickets and got 10 the first time 20 the second and a 100 the third. So for roughly 3 dollars I got 130 donuts.

I bought $5 worth of golden scratchers, each worth six doughnuts, ending up with 30 doughnuts. Had I bought doughnuts outright, I would have ended up with 60 for the same five bucks. Now I have 30 doughnuts and regret.

Damn it, you just convinced me to buy more donuts.

Hi Sean – just let me call EA for my commission lol 🙂

I find it amazing i can spend about $40 a month on a such a little game, but won’t buy AAA games on PC because I think there too expensive. The game is your typical cow clicker but The Simpsons branding is really a good way to make people want to spend money.

Sorry, not sure where else to ask. Anybody else have their account hacked? Can’t tell if purchases were made, but I had around 225 donuts and they were all spent on 4 cop cars and Kerney. What should I do?

Hi Matt – contact EA as soon as you can.

Wow that’s a first. I’ve come across hacks of all kinds, shapes and sizes but I’ve never seen a specific account hacked. That would require your Origin info unless you already logged in, your Google Play password unless you selected to turn passwording off for purchases. That’s scary.

I bought $30 of lottery tickets the other day. Took longer than just clicking the purchase button but was certainly worth it 🙂