In the space of a couple of weeks, I was asked this question more than usual. I’m not sure why so many people were suddenly interested, but let me answer it for you.

With all scratchcards, there are a finite number of jackpots available.

For example, let’s look at the Quids In scratchcard:

quids in scratchcard
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At the time of release, there were 5 scratchcard jackpots, but at the time of writing, just 4 jackpots remain.

In total, this scratchcard will pay out a total of £25,000 to five lucky winners.

However, if for some reason, one or more of jackpot prizes aren’t claimed before the scratchcard closure date, then it can no longer be claimed by a winner, even if they have the jackpot winning scratchcard!

Instead, all prizes that aren’t claimed – including jackpots and all other cash prizes – are added to the National Lottery Good Causes fund.

National Lottery Good Causes

The National Lottery makes a lot of money each year, but not all of it is for its operators, Camelot.

In fact, a large proportion of their revenue goes to their charity – National Lottery Good Causes.

Since the National Lottery’s first draw in 1994, Good Causes has been given over £40 billion worth of cash that comes from sales of scratchcards and games such as Euromillions and Lotto. This helps to fund projects and charities across the UK, such as funding for local community centres, all the way up to national events such as the Olympics!

So, next time you forget to cash a scratchcard winner, just be glad the money is going to Good Causes.

Just don’t forget to cash in a jackpot!

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