This is how ScratchSmarter combats one of two dirty tricks the lottery pulls. Yes, they will pull games early to make you think a game has ended in hopes they don't sell some of the Top Prizes remaining. They move these games off their “Active” list on their website by marking them "Game Ended".
They usually do this whey have have made enough profit on a game but there may still be some big prizes outstanding. They're pulling these games early in hopes that they don't have to pay out the remaining big prizes that haven't been won yet. If they close these games early and don't have anyone win those top prizes, its' even MORE profit than they planned on!
When a game is "ended', it means the retailers can't order any more of this game from the Lottery.
However, these games may still be available for sale.
The real date to focus on is the “Last Day to Claim” date for every game. Lotteries are liable to pay out winnings for any game until the Last Day to Claim date.
And because retailers can’t return open packs of tickets, they will try to sell all open packs of games. This presents an incredible opportunity for winning big prizes.
In accounting terms, the lottery is liable for paying out any and all winning tickets until the last day to claim has passed.
Most states are liable to customers claims of winning tickets for a whole year after the END date of the game. Usually the Last Day to Claim date is one year after the Game End Date. However, each state is different.
ScratchSmarter automatically keeps all games on our reports until the Last Day to Claim date has passed. IF you can find a game on our report, and it's GREEN, you can consider buying it with the assurance of a payout if you win.