UK Lotto Age Limit Comes under Scrutiny

Most gambling products in the UK are not accessible to people under 18 years of age. Under 18s cannot bet on sportsbooks, play bingo, or enter casinos yet when the lottery was launched back in 1994, the age restriction was set at 16, under the limit for lots of other betting products.

Now as the government brings in stringent rules for online gambling and tackles gambling addiction, it’s also looking at National Lottery products with the aim of bringing those in line with other gambling and having an 18 age limit.

It’s no secret that the number of scratchcard sales has increased massively in recent years plus over the counter and online at the lottery website. The switch by consumers from lottery tickets to instant wins has been so great it’s affecting Good Causes, and now it looks like a rule change may ban these products from under 18s.

Any rule change would have to come into force when the next lottery licence kicks in. Right now Camelot hold the tenure until 2023, but the government is already looking at changes to rules after that date. An increase in the amount from scratchcards to Good Causes may stem the massive fall in Good Causes funding, and banning under 18s from the games would bring the lottery into line with other gambling products.

The lottery has come under fire in the past for luring in 16 year olds with scratchcards and the poor choices made by many younger lottery winners who have hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

The UK Lotto has been going through a tumultuous time in recent years and we could see some big changes with the new tenure in 2023 as the government fights to ensure the lottery works and raises money for Good Causes once again.

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