They’re at the checkouts of shops and supermarkets across the country, but there is something you should know about the scratchcards you’re buying.
National Lottery’s organisers, Camelot, have 42 scratch card games listed as ‘active’ on their website – but eight of those have just one top prize left, and two have none.
So players can still pay £3 for a Cashworld Orange scratchcard but all six £300,000 prizes have been claimed.
The £2 Navy game originally had 25 prizes of £250,000 but they’re gone.
While Lottery bosses say once a card with a top prize of more than £121,000 has been claimed they won’t send out any more rolls of the cards to retailers, according to the Sun.
And, what’s more, shops are still allowed to sell rolls of the cards that have already been activated for sale and are on display to customers despite top prizes being won.
One roll can hold 150 cards which means ‘tens of thousands’ of cards could be still bought with no chance of a jackpot win.
A Camelot spokesperson said:
As agreed with our regulator, the Gambling Commission, no new packs of these two Scratchcards can be put on sale – only Scratchcards that were already on display when the last top prize was claimed can be sold.
You can visit the National Lottery website to see how many winning scratchcards remain out there.