Do Scratch Cards Go Out of Date?

Everyone loves to win, but, when you win on a scratch card how long do you have to redeem it? How do you know if it has expired? What do you do next? In today’s article we will be providing answers to all of these questions, and more.

  • Is my scratch card out of date?
  • Does my scratch card have an expiration date?
  • How do you check to see if a scratch card has expired?
  • What if my card isn’t on either list?
  • Do online scratch cards have expiration dates?
  • My card is not expired, and I won.


Is My Scratch Card Out of Date?

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In most cases, physical scratch cards stay in rotation for nine months. However, this is just a rule of thumb, and it can fluctuate drastically. Most lotteries, including the National Lottery, will allow you up to 180 days to claim your prize even after the game has been closed. Each lottery has their own set of dates and rules so be sure to do your due diligence when checking.


Does My Scratch Card Say its Expiration Date?

Your scratch card will not have an expiration date on the physical card. Most lotteries choose to omit the printed end day because they determine the closing of the game (or that card’s expiration date) based on how quickly the winning prizes have been received.


How to Check if Your Scratch Card is Expired

Instead of looking on your card, you’ll have to find your way to the scratch card provider’s website. Here you can find a list of their games and their corresponding closing dates. You can also check what games are still live on their site if you do not see your card on the expired list.


What If My Card Isn’t On Either List?

If the game you played is not visible on the lotteries list of expired cards or visible on their website, the chances are that the winning card you have has expired. Most lotteries have a helpful team standing by to help out those with questions, so if you’re not sure, get in touch.


Do Online Scratch Cards Have Expirations Dates?

Online scratch cards do not have expiration dates. When you play online, your winnings will be added directly to your account when under a certain amount for most platforms. It is a very simple process, before you begin to play you will have already set up an account and connected your bank to make the process seamless.

If you are one of the lucky winners who gets a larger prize, you may have to go through a verification process to release the funds, but you will not have to worry about the game going out of date in the meantime.


My Card is Not Expired, and I Won

If you have checked to see if your winning card has expired, and it has not, then it is time for you to redeem your ticket! If you have won with a National Lottery scratch card, you will not be able to check if it is truly a winner online. However, you can browse the different running games and how many prizes are waiting to be redeemed.

If you have won between £500 and £50,000 you can redeem this at the post office. If you have been lucky enough to win over £50,000 then you will have to claim your prize in person and call to arrange that.


The Health Lottery

At The Health Lottery, you can choose from a great range of online scratch cards. Play whenever you’d like without ever having to worry about an expired card. The best part is, The Health Lottery is creating change in communities across the UK. Our initiatives support a range of projects from mental health charities to raising funds to support deaf children. You can learn more about the good causes we support on our website.

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