Age restrict to play Nationwide Lottery to extend to 18

Selling National Lottery tickets and scratchcards in shops to under-18s will be banned from October 2021 “at the latest”, while online sales to 16 and 17-year-olds will be stopped from April 2021. 

The Government says the National Lottery’s games have changed significantly over the years, and there’s now a growing trend towards playing online and instant win games, such as scratchcards. It says the new minimum age will help make sure the National Lottery isn’t a “gateway to problem gambling”. 

Alongside this change, the Government has launched a review of gambling laws, and has asked for the views of those involved in the industry, with a deadline to respond of 31 March 2021.

In its review, the Government plans to look at how it may be able to better protect online gamblers, including limits on online stakes, changing the rules on advertising and promotional offers, and introducing extra protection for young people. 

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