National Lottery: Age limit for players could be raised

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The age limit for playing the National Lottery could be raised to 18, the government has said.

Announcing a consultation on the age limits for all National Lottery games, culture minister Mims Davies said they were some of the few ways under-18s were allowed to gamble.

The consultation will also look at only increasing the age limit for instant-win scratch cards and online games.

Ms Davies said her initial view was that this “could be the best approach”.

She said the risk of harm associated with playing the National Lottery was the lowest of any form of gambling, “but we do know the risk is slightly higher for instant win games than it is for draw-based games such as Lotto”.

The government could also choose to keep the status quo or raise the age limit for all lottery games.

Announcing the review in the House of Commons, Ms Davies said 18 was the age when people gained full citizenship rights and responsibilities.