National Lottery Scratchcards

If you are looking for information about National Lottery scratchcards, you're in the right place.

We do our best to keep this site up to date with the latest information related to the newest scratchcards that come out, as well as answer the most commonly searched for questions related to them.

On this page, you can find all the information you need about National Lottery scratchcards - past and present!

With £1 scratchcards you can win anywhere between £50 and £100,000.

These games are typically the easiest to play, and there is always good availability of cards in the shops!

Double the price of a £1 scratchcard, but with much bigger jackpots!

Win up to £300,000 with increased odds, but simple to play game rules.

£3 scratchcards offer more intricate gameplay styles, including bingo and crossword style games.

These games take longer to play, and can be harder to understand the rules if you haven't played them before.

The most expensive scratchcards currently available to buy from National Lottery.

Not cheap, but these offer the biggest jackpots - up to £2 million - and have the best odds of all scratchcards!

National Lottery Scratchcards vs Instant Wins

National Lottery scratchcards are the paper scratchcards that you can buy from any shop that sells National Lottery products.

National Lottery Instant Wins are the name given to the digital or instant version of scratchcards - which can only be played on the National Lottery website.

These are similar to online scratchcards, but the exact Instant Win games cannot be found on any other site.

They often have similar themes to National Lottery scratchcards, and similar odds.

What Happened to £10 Scratchcards?

National Lottery used to sell £10 scratchcards, but these were phased out from July 2019.

The reason for this is that they believed that £10 scratchcards encouraged problem gamblers to spend money betting too easily.

You can learn more about this in our 'What Happened to £10 Scratchcards?" article.

How Old Do You Have to Be to Play National Lottery Scratchcards?

The legal age to buy National Lottery scratchcards - and any other National Lottery game - is 18.

This change was introduced from the previous age of 16, which was updated in October 2021.


Which National Lottery scratchcards have the best odds?

National Lottery scratchcard odds vary from game to game. In general, the scratchcards with the best odds are the £5 scratchcards. However, not all £5 scratchcards have the same odds, and it is best to check the odds of all scratchcards before you buy.

What is the best scratch card to buy UK?

The best scratchcard to buy comes down to personal preference.

If you determine the 'best' scratchcard as the highest jackpot, then go for £5 scratchcards. If you are looking for the best odds, then also £5 scratchcards are generally favourable.

However, if you want determine the best scratchcard by the number of top prizes left (see question below) or by the game play style, then this will vary on a case-by-case basis.

Which scratchcards have big prizes left?

The number of big prizes - and the amounts available - changes frequently.

When a new scratchcard is released, you can see how a full breakdown of the number and amounts of prizes up for grabs. This will vary on a case-by-case basis.

To see how many top prizes are left per each scratchcard, National Lottery updates this information on their website daily every weekday.

How do I check my national lottery scratch card?

If you need to check if you're National Lottery scratchcard is a winner or not, the best way to do it is to take it to a shop and ask them to check.

If you can't or you need more help, you can always get in touch with our team for assistance!