The best scratchcards to buy in the UK

Since their inception in the 1980s, scratchcards have grown to be one of the most popular forms of gambling. With that growth in popularity has come a huge variety of different cards available.  In this article, we'll take a look at all these different options to find out which is the best scratchcard to buy in the UK.

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What are the best scratchcards to buy in the UK?

The short answer to this question is: It depends on what you want! Which scratchcard is the best will depend on your own preferences. So, we've broken the question down to components; the best odds, the cheapest to play and finally those with the biggest jackpots.

The best odds

When it comes to National Lottery scratchcards, you get the best odds on the £5 cards. 

Roughly speaking, your odds of winning on a £5 game are one in four. 

This includes breakeven cards (where you win £5). However, each game will have slightly different odds - you can read this information on the back of the card to get exact odds for the particular variant you are playing.

Instant Win scratchcards from The Health Lottery gives you much better odds on many of their available options. Our Stuffed with £100s game offers some of the best odds in Britain for winning £100 - with 1 in 2.31 odds of a winning ticket. Or, try our 7Up! Bundle - seven opportunities in one means you get incredible odds of 1 in 1.16!

The price​

The cheapest scratchcards offered by the National Lottery are their £1 games. Typically, the winnings on these lower cost tickets are not as big, to make up for their cheaper price, so don't expect to win life changing amounts of money on a £1 scratcher.

Here at The Health Lottery, we offer a number of Instant Win scratchcards that are even cheaper.
In fact, we have many games that cost less than £1 to play. Here are four of the best:

  1. Spinlotto Scratch is 50p a card, with a jackpot of £7,500
  2. Elite of Evil is also 50p, with a £1,000 jackpot
  3. Elephant costs just 20p a card to be in with a chance of winning £2,000
  4. New Super Shamrock - cheapest of all is 15p with a jackpot of £1,500

The highest jackpots

If big jackpots are what you're looking for, then the best Health Lottery scratchcard for you is Coin Conquerer, which is a scratchcard bundle with the potential to win a maximum jackpot of £105,000!

The National Lottery have some very high jackpots available in their scratchcards, although these tend to have much lower odds of winning.

Top tips from The Health Lottery 

It's fun and easy to play online, but here are a few tips to make the experience more enjoyable:

  1. Only play on genuine online lottery sites or apps like The Health Lottery or other reputable games sites like Health Games
  2. Use a unique and secure password for your online lottery account. Never use a password that you are using for another account
  3. Make sure that any minors in your household don't have access to your lottery account or any lottery scratcher apps on your phone.
  4. Learn how to spot phishing emails, phone calls, and messages which may attempt to convince you that you have won a non- existent lottery prize or may try to trick you into sharing your login credentials or sensitive financial information. You can take this one step further and report any phishing attempts to the authorities, and to the lottery provider if they are spoofing a legitimate lottery. Make sure to share this information with anyone else you know who plays the lottery, especially elder, as they are the most frequent victims of scams.
  5. Set a budget and pay careful attention to how many scratchcards you buy so you don't exceed your budget.

Always play safely and responsibly. 

Learn the signs of problem gambling, and if you or someone you love starts to exhibit signs, seek help.

The current society benefitting from funds raised is EWA Health CIC T/A HL Wales

The Health Lottery operates on behalf of 6 Community Interest Companies (CICs), managing 6 society lotteries that operate in 12 geographical regions across Great Britain. These exist to help tackle health inequalities in their respective areas. People’s Health Trust (PHT) is an independent charity that assesses grant applications and award funding across the 12 regions. Read about some of the good causes HERE. For information regarding all funded projects or to submit a grant application visit PHT HERE. 20.34% of every lottery draw ticket and online scratchcard purchased is donated to good causes. 36.02% is spent on prizes. 43.64% is spent expenses (actual expenses exceed this figure). Our average annual proceeds from lotteries are £12.5m. The odds of winning The Big Win jackpot are (1 in 2.1m) and the odds of winning any Big Win prize is (1 in 9.7). The odds of winning the All or Nothing jackpot is (1 in 1.35m) and the odds of winning any All or Nothing prize is (1 in 4.5). The odds of winning a QuickWin jackpot is (1 in 2.1m) and the odds of winning any QuickWin prize is (1 in 6). All winning lottery numbers are selected using an approved random number generator (RNG). Click on the links below for full T&Cs and FAQs for each of our games.

Please help us to support vital health causes in your community. Each of the 6 society lotteries is licensed by the Gambling Commission.