SIGN UP LOG IN
 

Will minors no longer be allowed to buy scratch tickets in Great Britain?

Published by

July 18, 2019 7:43 pm

Will minors no longer be allowed to buy scratch tickets in Great Britain?

The UK is currently considering raising the minimum age for scratch tickets and other lotteries from 16 to 18. In this way, the government wants to strengthen the protection of minors in gambling.

Currently, 16-year-olds can buy tickets in shops or online and participate in similar games of chance where an instant prize in the form of money attracts. Mims Davies, the state secretary responsible for digital affairs, culture, the media and sport, who is also responsible for gambling, will be involved in this regulation.

Mims Davies complains that the particularly vulnerable minors are too exposed to the dangers of gambling due to the low age limit. That’s why their ministry announced yesterday that it will investigate the possibility of raising the minimum age for scratch tickets and other lotteries.

One starting point for the new regulation would be the imminent re-allocation of the lottery licence in Great Britain. The existing licence was awarded to Camelot for 10 years in 2009. Three possible scenarios are currently being discussed in this context:

-Maintaining the minimum age for all lottery games
-Raise the minimum age for scratch cards and other instant win games to 18 years.
-raise the minimum age for all lottery games to 18 years

The Ministry intends to evaluate the three options by 8 October, taking into account the opinions of other experts.

Is the split solution the favourite?

State Secretary Mims Davies does not hide the fact that she favours the second option. She told media representatives at the beginning of the week:

My opinion is based on the evidence so far that a shared solution might be the best approach. This takes into account that the damage associated with the National Lottery game is the lowest of all forms of gambling.

At the same time, she pointed out the higher risk of scratch tickets:

But we do know that the risk of damage is slightly higher for instant games than it is for draw-based games like lottery.

The opinion of Mims Davies has also received encouragement from the opposition. Labour MEP Carolyn Harris told Sky News that scratch tickets “normalised” gambling and were, therefore, a problem for many players.

A ban has been debated for some time now

The discussion about a ban on scratch cards for minors is not new in the UK. For some time now, gambling protection organisations and politicians from various parties have been calling for the minimum age for the popular game of chance to be raised.

This step would hit the organisers of the National Lottery hard. For example, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has found in studies that nearly 15% of all 11 to 16-year-olds buy scratch tickets at least once a week.

This would make tickets the most popular form of gambling for this target group, alongside arcades, in which they use real money. A further UKGC study shows that a large number of minors regularly gamble for money in the UK. According to the study, around 450,000 young people gamble for money several times a month. More than 10% of them already have problematic gambling behaviour.

The example of Callie Rogers shows that a high profit is not only advantageous for adolescents. She was the youngest Lotto Jackpot winner in 2003, when she was 16 years old, and suffered from depression despite winning 1.9 million pounds sterling, as a result of which she became addicted to alcohol and drugs.

Ten years later, Callie Rogers said about the win:

Even if you say that his life will not change, this will happen… And often not for the better.

It is therefore not surprising that the ban is justified by the high susceptibility of young people to the charms of gambling. Other countries are already one step ahead on this point. In Germany, for example, the State Treaty on Gaming regulates the protection of minors extremely strictly: lottery tickets and scratch tickets may only be purchased at the age of 18.

But also in Great Britain, the demands for better youth protection and for effective measures for the limitation of the gambling become ever louder. It is therefore quite possible that minors will be denied access to scratch tickets and other National Lottery games by law in the future.

More News

Jockeys rebel against the 20 million hole in horse betting

Jockeys rebel against the 20 million hole in horse betting

The horse race in Royal Ascot attracts many noble celebrities. But the British betting business is shrinking. Now trainers and…

"It is pointless to talk" - Tuchel announcement to Neymar!

Paris Saint-Germain fended off the attack on the top in the French Ligue 1. On Matchday 9, coach Thomas Tuchel…

New Club World Cup will probably take place in China

New Club World Cup will probably take place in China

The premiere of the Reformed Club World Cup with 24 teams is expected to take place in China in 2021.…

Global Poker Awards - Joey Ingram leads the list of nominees!

Global Poker Awards - Joey Ingram leads the list of nominees!

The Global Poker Awards will be presented on March 6th at PokerGo Studios in Las Vegas. There are 25 trophies…

E-Sports: FIFA 19 Global Series Day 1

E-Sports: FIFA 19 Global Series Day 1

At the FIFA 19 Global Series playoffs on PlayStation 4 in Berlin, three Germans survive the first day. The German…

Borgata shows interest in Phil Ivey's WSOP winnings

Borgata shows interest in Phil Ivey's WSOP winnings

Phil Ivey's participation in the World Series of Poker 2019 has attracted the attention of poker fans around the world.…

The big kickoff to the eSports Festival 2019!

The big kickoff to the eSports Festival 2019!

On Thursday the long-awaited eSports Festival 2019 started and all participants were already on the verge of getting their hands…

Fortnite High School and College League confirmed

Fortnite High School and College League confirmed

The startup PlayVS is setting up a high school and college learning system in collaboration with the publisher of Fortnite…

Phil Hellmuth: the recipe for success for the WSOP records

Phil Hellmuth: the recipe for success for the WSOP records

15 bracelets, most cashes and top 5 on the all-time money list. Phil Hellmuth is the most successful player in…

Pay N Play: The Future of Online Casinos?

Pay N Play: The Future of Online Casinos?

Traditional online casinos require a latte of personal data when registering to verify the age of the user. This costs…

For Mbappé: PSG wants Mega-Release and Real-Youngster

For Mbappé: PSG wants Mega-Release and Real-Youngster

PSG megastar Kylian Mbappé (20) is currently dominating the headlines once again. One is his dream goal against Nantes by…

Lotto Empties 28 Million Jackpot Guaranteed

Lotto Empties 28 Million Jackpot Guaranteed

If you are a gambler, you may experience an exciting evening today: The jackpot is not only a sum of…

The gambling industry in Germany
The gambling industry in Germany

(BPP) Gambling has legal status in Germany. After the income from the casino earnings, the country lies in fourth place…

Ex-world champion switches to Jay-Z agency
Ex-world champion switches to Jay-Z agency

After other exciting transfers, like the change from "MoAuba" to the Focus Clan, have already taken place, Roc Nation Sports…

Rocket League Worlds: The big final day
Rocket League Worlds: The big final day

Over the past two days, the group phase of the Rocket League Championship Series Season 7 Finals has taken place…

The teams of the Call of Duty League
The teams of the Call of Duty League

The Call of Duty League will be launched in 2020. 12 teams from 11 regions in North America and Europe…

Germany: Payout ratio in online casinos
Germany: Payout ratio in online casinos

Especially as a new casino visitor, you want to gain experience in online casinos and will you often wonder what…

PUBG: The Nations Cup is announced
PUBG: The Nations Cup is announced

There is movement again in the dried up eSports scene at PUBG. The Nations Cup, in which German players will…

Mega prize money! TI breaks records
Mega prize money! TI breaks records

Just over a month before "The International 2019", it's already clear that the Dota tournament will be about record prize…

LoL World Champion with Overwatch Team
LoL World Champion with Overwatch Team

T1, who are best known for their League of Legends successes, are founding an Overwatch team & want to compete…

Gambling achieves 50 billion Euro turnover in 2018
Gambling achieves 50 billion Euro turnover in 2018

The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers has published figures for 2018. The study focused on the importance of the gaming…

E-Sport News: OG founds its own CS:GO team
E-Sport News: OG founds its own CS:GO team

Finally - OG, the two-time Dota 2 World Champion, unveils his own Counter-Strike team. Two familiar faces from the Dota…

Mybetting Deals Tools

Surebet by BetBurger

Surebet by BetBurger

BetBurger is a service focusing on arbitrage bets, also known as sure bets. It turns sports betting into an investment.

Matched Betting by OddsMonkey

OddsMonkey

OddsMonkey offers matched betting services with features to enhance your profits with the best betting offers.

Live Sport Results and Statistics

Live Scores

Always keep ahead of the sports betting game with our real time results and statistics!

2000+ Free Slots

Play the best online slots and your favourites from the biggest developers for free right here!