UK National Lottery Scratch Cards
Introduced in the UK in March 1995 by Camelot, the National Lottery “instant” Scratchcard gave people the chance, for just £1, to buy a ticket and find out straight away if they’d won a cash prize of up to £50,000. This enabled people to play the lottery to play whenever and wherever, they want.
National Lottery Scratchcards are available from all 28,000-plus National Lottery retailers, and are pieces of card with a thin layer of opaque (usually grey or silver coloured) latex under which are concealed the images which have to be revealed in order to win a prize. The Scratchcards usually require players to match three of the same prize amounts under the layer; other cards may have matching symbols, pictures or words.
Camelot has continued to innovate to give players an even greater choice and more excitement, including bigger prizes, different prices (now £1, £2 and £5), relatively low odds on winning a prize, eye-catching new game designs and successful tie-ups with blockbuster films like Lord of The Rings, board games such as Monopoly and Scrabble, television shows like Deal or No Deal and some even with non-cash prizes like a holiday or car. As a result, it is no surprise that National Lottery Scratchcards remain incredibly popular as they offer the consumer a lot more choice.
In 2008/09, total National Lottery sales increased by £182.8m to £5,149.1m, with non draw-based games, which included Scratchcards and Interactive Instant Win Games, rising by £111.5m to £1,221.1m.
Some of the biggest amounts won on a single scratchcard have included Maria Murray of Bristol, who on 2nd January 2009, won £1million on a Merry Millions Christmas-themed scratchcard.
National Lottery scratchcards are sold by Camelot and printed and manufactured by Scientific Games, Atlanta, GA.
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