From April 22, Camelot UK has announced that the minimum age for buying National Lottery goods will be +18.
The National Lottery’s holding company would restrict entry to any users under the age of 18 across all of its digital channels, with the current age restriction being extended across all internet and retail verticals.
The move comes ahead of clear directives from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to Camelot to raise the National Lottery’s age limit from 16 to 18 by Autumn 2021.
2005 Gambling Act
Following widespread criticism of Camelot’s inaction on the issue, the DCMS review of the 2005 Gambling Act predicted a rise in age limits for the National Lottery.
Last year, the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield OBE, slammed Camelot for “abusing its position of privilege” by encouraging under-18s to wager up to £350 weekly on its platforms.
In the meantime, the DCMS has been chastised for failing to impose tighter National Lottery age restrictions, a question raised by former Sports Secretaries Tracey Crouch and Mims Davies.
In a statement Camelot detailed: “From 22 April 2021, players must be 18 or over to play National Lottery games online, in-store and on the app. This is in line with the government’s decision to raise the legal minimum age to play The National Lottery, which we fully support.
“Encouraging healthy play is at the heart of everything we do. Remember, you can set limits for the amount you deposit and spend each week, moderate your Instant Win Games play limit or even take a break from playing.”