Boris Johnson, The UK Prime Minister has been forced to take action to appease mounting worries that teenagers are getting addicted to playing National Lottery products like the Lotto and scratch-off games. Currently, while gambling is prohibited for under-18s, anyone over the age of 16 can play National Lottery games, which are now proving to be harmful to the youngsters. The UK government now wants to increase the age limit of National Lottery games and products to 18 years, the same as that of regular gambling.
A bill has already been tabled in the UK parliament and should it be signed into law, millions of Brits could be barred from playing the Lottery and scratchcards games. Anyone below the age of 18 will be unable to purchase tickets for games such as Thunderball, Lotto, and instant win scratch cards from petrol stations, convenience stores, supermarkets, and newsagents.
For a long time now, purchasing lotto tickets for teenagers has always been deemed a rite of passage. It’s no wonder why National Lottery operator Camelot went as far as launching a scratch-card game based on Love Island last year, to appeal to teenage players. However, seeing as recent statistics disclose that more than 50,000 kids are already hooked on these games, it’s feared that teenagers are being taught to gamble while still too young.
Should things go per the government’s plan, the ban on under-18s playing lottery games might take effect before the year ends. Effectively, millions of teenagers aged 16 and 17 years will be locked out of the National Lottery games to protect them from gambling-related harm.