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Lucky Key

OLD Keys for this Game – 2 – 3 that unlock the door.

This Game is Best For School-Aged Children.


Supplies for Lucky Key:

A pre-hung thin wooden door with a locking handle (See our example above – this door is on a frame and great fun at an outdoor fundraising carnival)
Extra 2 x 4 Lumber Boards to extend the frame to make this game stable
Paint and a creative person to add a fun design to your door
Large Sacks of Sand to weight down the frame and prevent from tipping over
1 – 3 Keys that unlock the door
12 – 20 Keys that do not unlock the door handle
Carnival Prizes – consolation prizes and a top carnival prizes

Make This Game:

You may be fortunate enough to find a pre-hung thinner door at a garage sale or other discount for this game.

Starting with the pre-hung wooden door, an adult with woodworking tools will need to make adjustments to the door frame to ensure that it is stable and can be used for the game as shown in the images.

Finally, have your creative volunteer give this door a fresh coat of paint and adding a fun decoration is festive too!

Game Setup for the Lucky Key Game:

This unique homemade carnival game is a game of chance. Before the carnival, decide how difficult you want this game. If you have a really nice top carnival prize, make the chances of winning a little harder with having 2 keys that unlock the door and 18 keys that do not work. (this give the kids a 1 in 10 chance of winning)

How to Play the Lucky Key Carnival Game:

Carnival players get to pick 3 keys and try each key to see if it unlocks the door. (Carnival volunteers may need to help children with direction of keys and show them how to unlock the door). If the player unlocks the door, they get the top carnival prize, if none of the keys work, they receive a consolation prize.

Additional Hints & Tips:

Note: A neighboring school allowed our school to borrow this cute door on a frame. It is a fantastic idea to contact schools close to yours to swap out carnival games with each other. Sharing carnival games saves money, storage and time! The Lucky Key Carnival Game sounds like a boring game – but the kids love it!!

You can decide how difficult this is by choosing how many keys unlock the door and how many do not work. If the game is a little easier – choose medium priced carnival prizes. If the game is more difficult (1 in 12 chance of winning or so – you can choose a nicer top carnival prize.

See our unique, homemade Carnival Game — Lucky Key. Kids love to play this game it is wonderful for a school or church carnival. See all our game ideas on our site!

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Given a key that WASN’T on the list of guaranteed games

EDIT: Lol I found this reply to a user comment by the company from 4 years ago that explains why this is even a problem:

“The only games that aren’t shown are for the 1:1 pool at the very bottom. We have a huge rotation of games in that pool to keep it interesting for our members that buy a lot. The games that are there most often that we like and purchase often are shown on the page but to show them all would mean the page would have to constantly be changing.”

Four years ago. And they’re still doing this crap. Shame on me, should have researched more before buying. “We don’t list all of our games because it would be mean because the list would be super long” is a cover for “We don’t want to be transparent about the fact that you’re not actually guaranteed any game on the list we have at all even though we say you are.” Unbelievable. Amazing you guys have operated this long without being investigated lol.


Then tell me how I got The Walking Dead Season 2 from your site when it’s not listed in any category on the site whatsoever.

Dropped almost $40 on the site and half of the games I received weren’t even listed anywhere on the site, let alone on their games list which is apparently the list of the games you’re absolutely guaranteed at least one of when buying from them.

Customer Service reeks too as they seem like they’re concerned with bloating their own ego than running a clean business. Some of these 1-Star reviews are just complaining they don’t like what they got but even still, why do you have to act like a child on here? Even if some of the complaints are ridiculous, what’re you, 5? I don’t care if I only get the cheapest possible games on their list so long as they’re on the damn list. I’m taking the risk by rolling the dice but the terms need to be clear and you need to stick to them.

Tell me what my possible games are and tell me my odds, it’s literally that simple. Don’t throw games into the mix that aren’t listed. Either ya’ll goofed and forgot you put certain games up on the Games List or you’re purposefully being a terrible business by adding keys to the pool that you know are not on the list. So which is it? Are you aloof or are you just malicious?

Regardless, if you’re worried about this in the future, either state that the games in the game list are “some” of the possible games you can win or, make damn sure that the only games you’re handing out are the ones on your damn list. It’s not rocket science.

Also lol at their Terms of Service “We do not warrant . that any errors in the Service will be corrected.“ Nice lawsuit protection. If anybody cared, I wonder how long it would take a crackpot lawyer or two to start a consumer protection violation suit.

Now watch someone from their team claim I took that out of context. Go ahead, Ctrl+F on their TOS page and see for yourself if you don’t believe me. All of what I’ve said is verifiable on their site by you the reader. Like I said, if you don’t believe me, go see it for yourself.

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