Age restrict to play Nationwide Lottery to extend to 18

Promoting Nationwide Lottery tickets and scratchcards in retailers to under-18s can be banned from October 2021 “on the newest”, whereas on-line gross sales to 16 and 17-year-olds can be stopped from April 2021. 

The Authorities says the Nationwide Lottery’s video games have modified considerably through the years, and there is now a rising development in the direction of enjoying on-line and instantaneous win video games, reminiscent of scratchcards. It says the brand new minimal age will assist ensure that the Nationwide Lottery is not a “gateway to drawback playing”. 

Alongside this transformation, the Authorities has launched a evaluate of playing legal guidelines, and has requested for the views of these concerned within the business, with a deadline to reply of 31 March 2021.

In its evaluate, the Authorities plans to have a look at the way it could possibly higher defend on-line gamblers, together with limits on on-line stakes, altering the foundations on promoting and promotional presents, and introducing additional safety for younger folks. 

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