In short, yes, scratchcards can go out of date.

All National Lottery scratchcards have an expiry date, which is different for each scratchcard. Because there are so many different scratchcards being released – check out all new scratchcards for 2020 for example – it can be hard to keep track of when scratchcards must be cashed in.

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However, it is unlikely that you will ever have this problem, unless you are the kind of person that loses winners, or is just too lazy to go back to the shop.

Let’s explain why this happens, and how to check it for yourself!

Why do scratchcards expire?

Scratchcards expire for 2 main reasons.

The first reason being that all the jackpot prizes have been won. However, this is not always correct.

Scratchcards are split into 3 categories, A, B & C – all details regarding this can be found on our Remaining Scratchcard Jackpots page.

Scratchcards with a jackpot of £121,000 or more are classed as category C games. 

When all the jackpots from a category C game are won, the scratchcard game is closed shortly after. At this point, National Lottery announce the closure and the standard closure rules (detailed below) apply.

This is not the same for category A games, scratchcards with a jackpot prize of £121,000 or less.

These games can be sold even after all the jackpots have been won. 

Therefore, the second reason for a scratchcard expiry is when all the scratchcards have been sold to retailers.

Sometimes however, all category C scratchcards will be sold, even when there are still jackpot prizes remaining. For whatever reason, some jackpots aren’t claimed and therefore scratchcards with prizes of £121,000 continue to be sold.

How do I check scratchcard expiry dates

Checking the expiry date of a scratchcard is incredibly easy, just head to this National Lottery scratchcard page.

This page is not updated that frequently, so there are usually multiple game closures announced at one time.

It displays the closure date of all the scratchcards in the list, and also the last day that prizes can be claimed.

Expired National Lottery Scratchcards

Below, you can see the expiry and last claim dates for scratchcards over the last couple of years.

This table is frequently updated, and currently contains data up to June 2021.

Scratchcard NameScratchcard NumberClosure DateLast Date to Claim
3 Times Lucky112302/03/202029/08/2020
3 Ways To Win118314/09/202013/03/2021
10X116802/03/202029/08/2020
12 Months Richer121301/04/202128/09/2021
20X118814/09/202013/03/2021
£100,000 Yellow116614/09/202013/03/2021
£2 Million Blue120014/09/202013/03/2021
£20,000 A Month For A Year120314/09/202013/03/2021
£250,000 Birthday116714/09/202013/03/2021
£300,000 Bonus Purple122114/09/202013/03/2021
£250,000 Multiplier114020/04/202017/10/2020
£50 Million Cash Showdown109520/04/202017/10/2020
£100,000 Multiplier118001/04/202128/09/2021
£250,000 Gold120901/04/202128/09/2021
£2M Purple125401/04/202128/09/2021
£500,000 Bonus122501/04/202128/09/2021
£500,000 Red118101/04/202128/09/2021
£50M Mega Cash Showdown120101/04/202128/09/2021
£100 Loaded110902/03/202029/08/2020
£100,000 Christmas117302/03/202029/08/2020
£100,000 Purple111502/03/202029/08/2020
Bangers 'n' Cash115202/03/202029/08/2020
Bee Lucky117914/09/202013/03/2021
Bingo Doubler White115602/03/202029/08/2020
Bingo Green121801/04/202128/09/2021
Bingo Millionaire119601/04/202128/09/2021
Blazin' 7s114402/03/202029/08/2020
Cash Bolt120401/04/202128/09/2021
Cash Cracker123901/04/202128/09/2021
Cash Lines120501/04/202128/09/2021
Cash Millions113102/03/202029/08/2020
Cash Vault110720/04/202017/10/2020
Cashword VIP Black119514/09/202013/03/2021
Christmas Advent Calendar123701/04/202128/09/2021
Christmas Advent Calendar 2019117202/03/202029/08/2020
Christmas Cash117502/03/202029/08/2020
Christmas Countdown125001/04/202128/09/2021
Diamond 7s Doubler118714/09/202013/03/2021
Dough Me The Money116514/09/202013/03/2021
Emerald Doubler120801/04/202128/09/2021
Festive £500s122801/04/202128/09/2021
Flamingo Fortune119914/09/202013/03/2021
Fruity Fortune113602/03/202029/08/2020
Full of £500s112614/09/202013/03/2021
Gold111402/03/202029/08/2020
Gold Tripler116102/03/202029/08/2020
Hidden Treasures118201/04/202128/09/2021
Holiday Cash115902/03/202029/08/2020
Instant £100121401/04/202128/09/2021
Instant £500116002/03/202029/08/2020
Instant Millionaire113720/04/202017/10/2020
Instant Millionaire Purple122214/09/202013/03/2021
Jewel Bingo Red119002/03/202029/08/2020
Love Island115702/03/202029/08/2020
Lucky Bonus117401/04/202128/09/2021
Lucky Lines115802/03/202029/08/2020
Lucky Numbers116920/04/202017/10/2020
Match 3 Tripler118514/09/202013/03/2021
Mega Cashword120601/04/202128/09/2021
Merry Millions 2019117702/03/202029/08/2020
Money Kingdom117802/03/202029/08/2020
Money Multiplier118614/09/202013/03/2021
Money Spinner114602/03/202029/08/2020
MONOPOLY 85th Anniversary119401/04/202128/09/2021
Monopoly Gold121601/04/202128/09/2021
Monopoly Jackpot118414/09/202013/03/2021
Monopoly Jackpot114220/04/202017/10/2020
Monopoly Millionaire116302/03/202029/08/2020
New Year 2020112514/09/202013/03/2021
Pot of Gold114902/03/202029/08/2020
Quids In121001/04/202128/09/2021
Ruby 7s Doubler119801/04/202128/09/2021
Scrabble Cashword119701/04/202128/09/2021
Super 7s116202/03/202029/08/2020
Temples of Treasure122001/04/202128/09/2021
Treasure Bingo119114/09/202013/03/2021
Triple Cashword Purple121501/04/202128/09/2021
Triple Jackpot118914/09/202013/03/2021
Triple Payout115302/03/202029/08/2020
Win £50113401/04/202128/09/2021
Winter Wonderlines124501/04/202128/09/2021
Winter Wonderlines 2019117614/09/202013/03/2021

How long do you have to claim a scratch card?

This is a bit like the age old question, ‘how long is a piece of string?’.

Obviously, it all depends on each individual scratchcard, and what has caused the game to expire.

If you are buying a scratchcard that is fairly old, odds are that it will expire sooner than a new scratchcard.

In our experience, we tend to see that scratchcards expire around 9 months after their first release, and then get another 180 days as per National Lottery rules to cash it in.

Has My Scratchcard Expired?

If you’ve followed the above steps we’ve mentioned, and you are still unsure (or just lazy), as always, we are happy to help you out. 

Just fill in the contact form below, or simply contact us directly or through our social media page.

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