Age limit for playing the National lottery to rise to 18 in October 2021
The Government has pledged a "major and wide-ranging review" of the gambling industry, it will be canvassing views on the legislation in the form of a call for evidence, which will run for 16 weeks until the end of March 2021.
In the meantime, they have already announced that the age threshold for playing the National Lottery will rise from sixteen to eighteen in October 2021, online sales to 16 and 17-year-olds will stop in April 2021. Simple regulations lifting the age for paticipation in the National Lottery have been published and can be read here.
Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage Nigel Huddleston said:
“We’re committed to protecting young people from gambling related harm which is why we are raising the minimum age for the National Lottery. Patterns of play have changed since its inception, with a shift towards online games, and this change will help make sure the National Lottery, although already low-risk, is not a gateway to problem gambling.”
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