9 Games to Play When You Don’t Feel Like Working (But Still Get Paid)

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Working from home or guilty of “hardly working?”

Maybe you just want to take a break. That’s valid.

Instead of doomscrolling (reading too much doom-and-gloom news) use your favorite device to play games while earning some side cash instead. We list our favs below. There’s a variety of puzzles, card types, and other games to make anyone entertained if you don’t feel like working.

(But don’t slack off all day).

1. School Competitors in Solitaire and Ca$h In

When you’re looking for something to do at home, check out Solitaire Cube, which is like regular Solitaire, except you get to play for real cash.

The game matches you with players of the same skill level, so all is fair. If you’re a good Solitaire player, you could win some serious cash, like Katie N. who took home $380,984 last year as one of the Top 10 Solitaire Cube players! Even casual players like Amanda, a stay-at-home mom from IL, won a 55″ TV, $6,000, and more!

So if you think you can handle playing some Solitaire Cube to win legit cash, definitely download this game for free. 

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2. Pop Some Colorful Bubbles to Make Some Bank

The classic bubble game comes back with a modern twist where you have 3 minutes each game to pop or clear as many bubbles from the board as you can.

It’s called Bubble Cash, and no matter your skill level, you can have fun against real players around the world.

Our favorite strategy? Hang multiple bubbles from a “parent” bubble, and then POP the parents so all the bubbles drop at once! It’s extremely satisfying to get those combos.

Play for free, and when you’re ready, switch over to cash games to earn faster! Cash game winners can win thousands of dollars (no joke).

Cash tournaments not available in AZ, AR, IA, LA, MD & SC.

3. Not Your Grandma’s Bingo - Play Anywhere for Cash

Classic bingo is a game based on both luck and skill since it takes strategy to beat the odds of the house and the players around you.

However, you can ditch the paper sheets and giant stamps in favor of Blackout Blitz, a fast-paced and competitive bingo game that you can play anywhere on your phone. And even against your friends virtually.

2 minutes. That’s all you need per game where you play against another person around the world. Everyone sees the same card and balls so by daubing (tapping the number) fast and correctly, you’ll get bonus boosts for more points! Tap the incorrect number and points will get docked so don’t get sloppy!

This easy-to-learn game is awesome for killing time and earning cash all at once, anywhere which is perfect for home.

You can play for free against real people for prizes or switch over to cash games to win…cash! Cash game winners can win up to $1,000 or more in mini-tournaments.

Cash tournaments not available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, MT, SC, SD, and TN.

4. Fun Times in 3 Minute Increments – A Classic Game for $

3 minutes.

Make as many 21s as you can within that time or until you run out of moves.

That’s the basic gist of 21 Blitz, a modern take on a classic game where you’re no longer just playing against the dealer but with actual people around the world.

It’s fast-paced and it basically does all of the math for you. This game is great for killing time and earning cash all at once which is perfect for home!

You can play for free against real people for prizes or switch over to cash games to win…well, cash! Cash game winners can win up to $7,000 or more in the mini-tournament.

Cash tournaments not available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, ME, MT, SC, SD, TN, IN.

5. Like Tetris But With No Gravity - Play Anywhere for Cash

If you enjoy playing Tetris and making colored cubes explode, then Jewel Blitz is your game.

Just 3 minutes. Clear as many rows or columns as you can by dragging tiles onto the puzzle board. You’ll get bonus points for combo explosions and depending on the cube color, different score values. Play with anyone in the world or with your friends!

This easy-to-learn game is awesome for killing time and earning cash all at once, anywhere.

You can play for free against real people for prizes or switch over to cash games to win…cash! Cash game winners can win up to $2,000 or more in mini-tournaments.

Cash tournaments not available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, MT, SC, SD, and TN.

6. Pop More Colorful Bubbles. Make Even More Cash.

We love our classic bubble games here (if you can’t tell) and even better when they’re shortened down to 3-minute games to pop as many as you can. Bonus points for clearing the whole board!

Check out Bubble Shooter League, where you can go on a popping frenzy against real players online.

Drop a bunch of bubbles at once and get those high-scoring combos. Play for free, and then switch over to cash games whenever you want. Seriously though, cash game winners can win up to $10,000 (no joke).

Just note that cash tournaments aren’t available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, MT, SC, SD, and TN but everywhere else is fair game to win actual money!

7. Get Paid for Playing Free Lotto Tickets

When you’re stuck at home, you have to keep yourself occupied. Make killing time fun and productive when you play free digital scratchers on Lucktastic. It’s just like getting the ones from the gas station, but…free.

There are a ton of different scratchers you can play, and you can earn both cash and tokens.

Scratched all of them for the day? Don’t worry, there are specific night-time scratchers that are available every night too!

When you want to redeem your earnings, you can choose from:

  • Amazon gift cards
  • CVS gift cards
  • Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards
  • Check mailed to you
  • Visa gift cards

Lucktastic keeps things free by showing a few ads here and there plus it’s easy to play and multi-task at the same time. Get a chance of up to $1M in cash prizes!

8. Merge Matching Blocks to Win Cash Prizes

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When you want simple gameplay but with strategy baked in, check out  Tap n Merge Tournament, where you literally tap and merge number blocks to earn points.

Merge at least 3 of the same numbers to create a higher number block, and see how high of a number you can get within the 2 minute time frame. Our highest (so far) is 7! Combos and speed will also boost your overall score.

Play for free, and when you’re ready, switch over to cash games to earn faster. Cash game winners can win up to hundreds of dollars!

The relaxing background music, the gameplay, and the strategy involved will keep you entertained for a while.

Cash tournaments not available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, MT, SC, SD, and TN.

9. Play Dominoes With Anyone to Win Cash

When you’re looking for a different type of puzzle gaming experience that’s not just swapping candies or jewels around, check out  Dominoes Gold, where you can play the classic board game for cash prizes.

The game follows the popular “Fives” rulebook where you match the ends of the domino tiles and make the ends of the board a multiple of 5. Any leftover tiles after a Domino will be counted as points for the winner of that round.

There are daily domino tournaments up to $6,000! Play for free and when you’re ready, switch over to cash tournaments to get serious prizes. Memories of slamming chips down at your family’s house will come rushing back.

Cash tournaments not available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, MT, SC, SD, TN.