The warmth and joy of holiday celebrations can be marred by many unforeseen glitches: snowstorms, travel delays or an oven that goes on the fritz before you pop in your turkey or ham.

However, finding affordable gifts—right up to Christmas Eve or the last night of Hanukkah—should never be a headache. New York Lottery scratch-off tickets are ideal for everyone on your list: They are fun, affordable (while offering a chance at a thrilling cash win), and they’re never out of stock.

Festive Presentation
Each year, the New York Lottery produces special holiday Scratch-off games. This year, the price points range from $1 to $10 and tickets feature shimmering foils and celebratory motifs. Pick from Frosty Fun, Jingle Bucks, Merry & Bright and Holiday Millionaire, or starting on 12/6, you can choose the newest big ticket, Freezin’ Greetings with 41 chances to win up to $1 million!

This means no complicated, time-consuming gift wrapping and decorating; simply slip the card into an envelope with the recipient's name on it, and pop on a self-stick bow for added flair. Holiday Scratch-off tickets are also easy to keep a stock of for unexpected party invitations or last-minute gift-giving.

Easy and Versatile

New York Lottery Scratch-off games are available from a huge range of retailers—from supermarkets to card stores to convenience stores to gas stations—many of which are open late or 24 hours. This means that even if a gift for dear old Uncle John has slipped your mind until midnight of December 24, there is still a way to ensure there is a thoughtful present for him under the tree.

Holiday Scratch-off tickets are also a no-worry, festive end-of-year gift for "Secret Santa" exchanges as well as thank-you surprises for co-workers, service folks (mailmen, gardeners, garage attendants) and teachers. Scratch-off games are also all-inclusive, appropriate presents whether the recipient celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or another holiday.

Start a Family Tradition
The morning of December 25 is a very special time for adults as well as children. After all the presents under the tree are unwrapped, the stockings are taken down from the mantle. Over a warm pot of coffee and a festive breakfast, each grown-up scratches off a New York Lottery game left in their stocking by "Santa."

As a bonus, instant winners will then have some extra cash to spend on all the post-holiday sales or a nice dinner out with their clan. Even if your family has never enjoyed a holiday morning scratch-off party, it's an easy and fun tradition to begin this very year!

Good Causes

When you purchase a New York Lottery scratch-off ticket as a gift, you are giving more than one present. The proceeds of scratch-off tickets sales provide financial aid to education across New York State benefitting our children. Since the New York Lottery was founded 50 years ago, it has provided over $58 billion to the New York State public education system.

From 2015 to 2016, the New York Lottery contributed $3.3 billion—or 14 percent of total state education funding—to local school districts. So, whether the ticket you give is a big winner or not, you can be sure your money is being put to good use—which is especially rewarding this time of year.

With the New York Lottery’s new scratch-off games you can give any day some holiday spirit. So don’t wait for the actual holiday when you can feel the holiday spirit instantly, visit or download the New York Lottery mobile app to find your closest New York Lottery retailer. You must be 18 years or older to purchase a lottery ticket. Please play responsibly.

This post is sponsored by ©2016 New York Lottery.