All UK scratchcards are allocated as category A, B or C dependant on the value of the jackpot prize(s) available.
Category A - Refers to a scratchcard with a one-off cash top prize, or a prize paid over a period of 12 months or less with a total value of less than £121,000. Examples of these scratchcards are the lower valued £1 and £2 scratchcards such as these below:
Category C - Scratchcards in this category are what you want to play to win big! Scratchcards in this category refer to cash prizes, non-cash prizes and/or annuity prizes with a combined value of more than £121,000.
The majority of scratchcards that cost £2 and above fall into this category. A selection of cards are shown below.
Why does This Matter?
The category of the scratchcard matters because it means that different rules apply.
As per the terms of scratchcards in Category A, scratchcards may remain on sale whether or not a top prize remains to be claimed. Each game in this category will have no fewer than 5 top prizes.
Crucially, this means retailers will be able to continue to sell the rest of their stock until they are sold out.
For category B and C scratchcards, the rules are slightly different.
Once The National Lottery has validated the last top prize has been claimed, they must inform retailers within 24 hours. After retailers have been notified, they cannot activate a new pack of these scratchcards for sale. These will be returned to The National Lottery and most likely destroyed.
Any form of digital advertising must also be removed, and retailers must also remove any in-store POS (point of sale) advertising within 10 working days.
However, once a pack of scratchcards has been activated, these cards can continue to be sold.
This means that ANY scratchcard can potentially remain on sale after the last jackpot has been sold.