Lottery scratch-cards are still on sale despite the fact that their £100,000 prizes have already been won, it has been reported.
The £2 cards, which promise customers the huge sums despite the fact the top five prizes have already been claimed, are still being sold in shops, supermarkets and petrol stations across the country.
National Lottery operator Camelot says that they red Cash cards can legally remain on sale, but the false promises they now represent has come under criticism.
Martin Lewis, of the Money Saving Expert website, told the Daily Mail he believed that the customers should either be warned about the situation or the cards should be withdrawn and replaced.
“I think many people playing would be disappointed to know there’s no chance of a dream win. With these cards, it truly could not be you,” he said.
Roughly 12million cards were printed, with the odds of winning the jackpot at almost 2.5million-to-one. But now the five biggest prizes have been claimed players can only win between £2 and £5,000.
The cards are still available in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Cambridge, Plymouth and Glasgow, The Sun found.
A Camelot spokesman said that they had “ceased distribution” of the game, but as there are still thousands of prizes available retailers can still sell their stock.
A spokesman for the Advertising Standards Agency said that it would launch an investigation if any complaints were lodged.
Players took to Twitter to voice their anger, claiming the fact that the cards were still on sale showed customers were being “ripped off”.
Lottery bosses provoked anger last month when they announced they were doubling the price of the main draws ticket to £2, an increase that will come into effect this autumn.
The move will see the prizes rising, with the jackpot likely to be worth an average of £5million.