UK government raises National Lottery age limit
As the UK government continues to pursue its review of the country’s gambling industry, the National Lottery announced that the age limit will be raised from 16 to 18. The new law will come into effect in April, which means that customers under the age of 18 will no longer be able to purchase tickets online from the National Lottery. By October 2021, physical sales to underage customers will also be discontinued.
This decision is part of the UK government’s review of the gambling industry. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) is overseeing the review, which is specially designed to guarantee that consumers of all ages are safe across the entire country. The existing legislation was established back in 2005, but the government has now deemed it inadequate. Furthermore, the DCMS will be looking into the current gambling laws for the next 16 weeks, with a special focus on protecting youngsters from problem gambling.
“We’re committed to protecting young people from gambling-related harm, which is why we are raising the minimum age for the National Lottery. Patterns of play have changed since its inception, with a shift towards online games, and this change will help make sure the National Lottery, although already low-risk, is not a gateway to problem gambling.” Said the Minister of Sport, Nigel Huddleston.