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National Lottery games under review Published Date: 18/07/2019

The DCMS identifies that the relative proportion and total sales revenue of instant win games, especially scratchcards, has increased over time and the consultation considers whether the availability of all National Lottery games to those under 18 remains appropriate.

The Government’s objectives include:

  • Ensuring that young people are protected from the potential risks of gambling related harm;
  • Maintaining the National Lottery’s special status as a low-risk product and distinct from commercial gambling, to ensure that it remains attractive to the player base and continues to support good causes in the future; and
  • Responding to trends in technology and player behaviour and future proof the National Lottery.

Consultees are asked to consider the following options:

1. Do nothing, retain the minimum age of 16 for all National Lottery games;
2. Raise the minimum age to 18 for National Lottery instant win games (i.e. scratchcards and online instant win games); or
3. Raise the minimum age to 18 for all National Lottery games.

The consultation is being conducted by online survey, which can be found here.  The consultation will close on the 8th October 2019”.

Source: Poppleston Allen