Before you buy a lottery scratchcard, you really should know the number of remaining National Lottery scratchcard jackpot prizes. If you are looking to become a millionaire, this is vital information that gives you the best chances of winning on a scratchcard.
With all the scratchcards available, there are a range of jackpot prizes – from £100 to £4,000,000 – and also a range of the number of jackpots remaining.
It is incredibly simple to find this data, and look for yourself using the steps below.
Firstly, got to the National Lottery scratchcard prizes page. You will be greeted with a page like this:
The information is adjusted daily from Monday to Friday, and as jackpots are won, the data is updated and you can see the number of jackpots left.
This also gives you a full list on the current scratchcards on sale and the number of remaining scratchcard prizes for the UK.
Each row in the table tells you the game, game number, game name, prize amount, number of remaining jackpot prizes and the price of the scratchcard.
We’ve used the new £1 Mini Cashword scratchcard for this example.
Clicking on the game image, will take you to a page with a bigger version of the image.
Sometimes, the scratchcard will tell you how many jackpots are available when it first went into circulation as it is printed on the front.
An example of this is the New Jewel Smash scratchcard, which has 3 available jackpots of £300,000:
However, most do not.
To find out how many were available when the game was announced, click on the underlined link found in the game name column.
Scroll to the second page, until you see a table that looks like this:
You can see here, that there were an initial 10 scratchcard jackpots of £100,000 available. At the time of writing, there are now 9 scratchcard jackpots left.
Interestingly, for National Lottery online scratchcards, the number of jackpots is not fixed like regular scratchcards, and varies due to the number of scratchcards that are purchased.
New Scratchcard Remaining Jackpots
Alternatively, we always write about new scratchcards that have been released, and we include this information. Check out our list of articles for new scratchcards released in 2021.
We’ve used the Full of £500s (2021) scratchcard for this example.
As you can see from the Full of £500s pdf page on the National Lottery site, at the start of the game, there were a massive 8,065 jackpot prizes of £500 available to win.
However, as prizes are won, the remaining scratchcard prizes will be updated.
Typically, new scratchcards will have more jackpots available as there has been less time to play the game, so less scratchcards have been purchased. Older scratch cards are more likely to have more jackpots that have been won.
So, next time you go and buy a scratchcard, make sure you check out all the available odds, or contact us on one of our social media pages for further advice!
If you are even unsure if you’ve won on a prize, make sure to check your scratch card!
Scratchcards with No Jackpots Remaining
EDIT: Latest update 26th May 2021
The longer the amount of time scratchcards are for sale, typically, the more jackpots that have been won.
Take for instance, the old Fruity £500s scratchcard, and the newer Full of £500s (2021) scratchcard.
The older Fruity £500s scratchcard was released in July 2020, and almost 12 months later, there are still over 1,000 jackpots remaining!
Compare that with the newer Full of £500s (2021) scratchcard released in April 2021, that still has over 7,000 jackpots of £500 left.
Sometimes however, scratchcards don’t have jackpots remaining for such a long time!
When all the jackpots have been won, then the scratchcard is removed from sale and new packs can no longer be activated in store.
National Lottery will then publish an end date for all scratchcards and then a date in which all prizes must be claimed. The National Lottery Game Closures information can be found here.
At the time of writing, there are currently 2 scratchcards with zero jackpots prizes left. [last updated 03/09/2021]
National Lottery rules state that it is possible for scratchcards with no jackpots remaining to still be sold.
There are 2 slightly different rules, due to the prizes available.
The Win All Scratchcard game is classed as a category A scratchcard game. This is due to the fact that the jackpot prize of £100,000 is below the £121,000 prize limit acceptable for this category.
This means that although all the jackpots have been won, retailers can continue to sell this game without any indication you can no longer win the corresponding jackpot prizes.
The remaining scratchcards on the list are all category C scratchcard games, due to their jackpot prizes being in excess of £121,000.
This means that rules are slightly different.
No new packs of scratchcards can be activated in store and must be sent back to National Lottery.
However, it does mean that scratchcards that are already activated in the POS stand can continue to be sold. Retailers must make you aware that all the jackpot prizes have been claimed, and usually show information on the new screens you see in store.
Scratchcards with jackpots above £121,000 also show this information on the National Lottery site; note the presence of *** next to the name of the 3 scratchcards mentioned above, demonstrated with the Super 7s scratchcard:
And the below text is shown at the bottom of the page:
Buying a Scratchcard with no Jackpot
Although this article was last updated in May 2019, we actually have proven a couple of times that old scratchcards can be purchased.
In an update to this article we made back in 4th October 2018, we announced that there were no more jackpots left on the £300,000 Blue scratchcard.
However, we managed to purchased one on the 7th October just to reiterate the point that they are still available to buy after all the jackpots are gone.
We’ve proven this again with the Triple Cashword Blue scratchcard issue.
After it got pulled from sale due to a rude word appearing on the scratchcard, all retailers were told to remove them from sale.
Even though all the Triple Blue Cashword Scratchcard should have been removed from sale immediately, this wasn’t the case and people could still purchase them in stores around the country.
However, there were still all 6 original jackpots left in circulation at the time this was announced. Although nobody won any jackpots, players can still cash in any winning scratchcards they purchased before or after the announcement as usual!