Search the help pages 
(Does not search for items or products)

Lottery tickets and game pieces policy

Policy overview

Lottery tickets, fast-food game pieces, and codes and coupons for sweepstakes, raffles, or drawings generally offer a chance to win something.

These items are heavily regulated and laws are different from one state to another. eBay generally doesn't allow the sale of these items, with a few exceptions.

Make sure your listing follows these guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including limits of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

What are the guidelines?

Allowed Allowed

  • Expired lottery tickets; the listing must clearly state that the ticket is not redeemable

  • Scratch-off lottery tickets if they have already been scratched off

  • Scratch-off lottery tickets that have not been scratched off and are expired

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Current, active lottery tickets

  • Lottery tickets from a foreign country

Not allowed
Not allowed

  • Fast-food game pieces



  • "Instant win" coupons for free food or discount coupons

  • Loyalty or reward codes that can't be used for cash or prize drawings

Not allowed 

Not allowed

  • Any product reward code, such as Pepsi Points and Coke Rewards, that can be entered into a sweepstakes, raffle, or drawing for cash or prizes

  • Ticket options if the listing states, for example, that buyers have a chance to purchase tickets at face value if a certain team doesn't make it to a specified game

Why does eBay have this policy?

eBay wants its buyers and sellers to enjoy a positive, consistent, and safe place to buy and sell. We urge our members to comply with all governmental laws and regulations.

Contact Customer Service

You can contact Customer Service to report a listing you think violates this policy. Go to that listing, and then click the Report item link on the right side of the page.

We'll review your report and take appropriate action.

Contact us

Have a question? We can help.

 Contact us

Ask eBay members

Get help from other eBay members. Visit the eBay Community to post a question.