You can buy Instant Win Games anytime, except between 2 and 6 in the morning. Keep in mind that there are different Instant Win games available to play on the website and app. Prizes are paid as a lump sum (with the exception of Set For Life, which is paid out over a specified period) and are tax-free. Of all the money spent on National Lottery games, about 53% goes to the prize fund and 25% to good causes, as established by Parliament (although some consider that part of this is a form of hidden tax that is collected to support the Community Fund of the National Lottery, a fund created to support public spending).
There are six prize levels, which are awarded to players who match at least two of the six numbers drawn, and the prizes increase as more numbers drawn are matched. For MEGA MILLIONS, the amount of the cash option offered will be the amount of the annual jackpot payment option determined by the Mega Millions lotteries, divided by the rate set by the Mega Millions Finance Committee before each draw, divided by the total number of games won in MEGA MILLIONS and Just the Jackpot. It uses the same five main numbers as in the EuroMillions draw and offers players the chance to win one of five prizes, ranging from 10 to 1 million pounds. Prizes for instant prize games must be claimed before the end of 180 days after the purchase of the instant prize game in question (again, subject to the deadlines listed below).
Without prejudice to the effect of the previous sentence, once Camelot makes a decision in this regard, Camelot may (at its sole discretion) reimburse the cost of the scratch card or replace the disputed scratch card with a scratch card for any current game of the same price. Like all National Lottery games, instant prize games are games of chance; no skill is required to win. Treasure strips that will guarantee equal payouts to the winner for a period of 30 or 25 years, also depending on the game. If you play instant prize games online (including purchasing tickets through The National Lottery app), the rules of interactive instant prize games and the relevant gaming procedures (and any game-specific rules) will apply.
They may identify themselves as members of Mega Millions or another legitimate lottery, even though Mega Millions is a game, not an organization, and is only sold through participating lotteries. It's also best to claim the prize as soon as possible, as many tickets expire within 60 or 180 days after the drawing. Most lotteries have their own apps, which usually contain information about the games they offer, including Mega Millions. Current press releases are available, including information on Lottery winners, games, promotions and special events, among other general announcements.
You can play up to 75 games with instant prizes in any 24-hour period (or any lower number set by Camelot or of your choice; see the next section for more information on how to do this). You can only re-access ALL Instant Win games, or specific Instant Win games that you've stopped playing, if you contact the customer support team during their normal operating hours. In the case of POWERBALL, if the jackpot is not a guaranteed amount, the amount of the cash option offered will be the cash amount available in the jackpot prize pool divided by the number of winners. You can do this by selecting the appropriate tab in the “Game Limit for Instant Prize Games” section of your National Lottery account.