According to Lottery U.S.A., your chances of winning the Powerball jackpot is 1 in 292.2 million. Your far more likely to get struck by lightning – twice – than to win the lottery.
But yet, nearly 28% of the population still play because they like the thought of winning the lottery! Which is exactly what apps like Lucky Day are playing off of.
But is Lucky Day just another scam? Lucky Day is a free app, available for iOS and Android, that is based off of the lottery. You can play the Lotto, Raffles, and Scratcher cards, all for the chance of winning actual cash or item prizes. While it’s not a scam, there are multiple negative reviews that cast doubt on its reliability.
Let’s dig a little more into what exactly Lucky Day is about and see if it is really legit.
What’s Lucky Day About?
Lucky Day is a free app for Android and iOS phones that is basically like playing the lottery. You can play games like blackjack or digital scratchers for the chance to win real money.
This app was created by Joshua Javaheri, the founder and CEO of Lucky Day, in 2014.
Javaheri was in college and just 20 years old when he made this app. He created it because he wanted to make simple-to-use mobile games that allow players to win real money, not just points (like popular Survey Sites), tokens, or a free game.
And according to a Forbes article about Joshua Javaheri, he wants there to be more small winners than just a few big ones, because he wants “everyone to feel like a winner.”
He based the idea of the app off of his childhood memories of going to L.A. gaming arcades and the memory of the feeling of winning.
How Does Lucky Day Work?
So, let’s take a look at how you would get started with the Lucky Day app.
The first step would be to download the app from Android’s Google Play, Apple’s App Store, or simply visit the Luck Day website to download it from there.
Then you just need to get your account set up by using your email or your Facebook account. Just keep in mind, however, that you have to be of legal adult age in your state to be able to participate in the app.
With Lucky Day, there are a few different games you can play on it to win. Those are:
- Scratcher Cards
The lotto feature of the app is just like playing the lottery in real life. You are given six numbers and then at 7 p.m. PST every day the numbers are revealed and you will see if you won.
If you matched 1-3 numbers, you get tokens; and if you matched 4-6 numbers, you get cash.
The raffle feature of the app works by giving you one free raffle entry for the daily raffles and the monthly raffles.
You are then able to purchase more entries into the raffles, up to 1,000 entries, and you will be notified after the raffle is closed if you won through the app.
The scratcher feature of the app works just like a real-life scratcher card, and new scratcher cards are revealed at 12am, 10am, and 6pm PST.
They disappear just before midnight the same day. So, if you do not play the scratchers on the day they are revealed, the you lose the chance on those scratchers.
So, with winning on the app, scratchers and the lotto give you the chance to win either cash or tokens and the raffle gives you the chance to win just cash.
To redeem cash, you will be paid through PayPal and you have to have a balance of at least $10.00 to be able to cash out.
For redeeming tokens, you get the choice of gift cards or actual physical prizes all at varying amounts of token values.
And even though it is a free app, you may be wondering, how are they paying for all these prizes?
Well that’s through advertisements, like many other companies. The advertisers pay to be on the app and then they are able to bring all the prizes to the app users.
It’s a similar setup to other sites I’ve reviewed like Sweepzilla, Prizerebel and ZoomBucks in that respect. These sites don’t cost you anything to join either, because they’re full of ads, but the money you end up making is very low considering how much time you put into it.
What Are Others Saying?
While there might not be any red flags on the surface, the only way to know for sure whether or not it’s a legit app is by reading reviews from others who have actually used it already.
Upon doing a quick search, the reviews on the Google Play store shed a not-so-positive light on the app.
There is some reviews that are complaining that new updates are causing problems with earnings, or that it is causing different features of the app to take tokens away or simply not reward them.
However, there are two bigger issues that quite a few people have something to say about.
One main problem is found in the fact that a majority of reviewers claim to earn really close to the $10 mark, just to fall short and never be able to get past the minimum cash out threshold.
Someone even played for over a year and was still only at $9.75, and that person claims the game is rigged.
And even if you’re going for points and finally get enough tokens racked up, then you’ll suddenly find that the prizes (and their respective costs) have changed and are, most likely, now out of your price range.
Reviewers also claim that the gift cards are frequently “sold out” once you finally get enough points to claim them.
As you can see, there is two common problems that people complain about and there is many, many more on the Google Play store to support this further.
And of course, then we get to the problem of whether or not this constitutes as gambling – which some people would have an issue with.
That question is up for debate, but it definitely does promote gambling – there’s no question about that. So, if that’s something you’re against, you might want to just skip over this app.
All in all, the Lucky Day app is not totally a scam because it is a free app, and the only thing you will lose in the end is your time if you do not win.
However, with some big red flags with regards to the actual cashing out process, it would probably be safe to say that you maybe shouldn’t go into it with high hopes of winning tons of money.
Now, there is a winners section of the app and there are all the winners listed on there. That part seems legit.
However, not everyone will have the same experience, and those issues other users have brought up should be considered when forming your expectations for how this app will pan out.