UK players will likely have to be 18 to play National Lottery scratchcards according to Mims Davies, the Minister for Sport and Civil Society in the UK. Clearly, the government wants to protect young people from gambling abuse.
Online instant win games are popular and formerly available to sixteen year olds. All games and products will require a minimum age if the proposed plan is put into place. It is all for a good cause.
Gambling harm is a big issue in the United Kingdom and precautions are required. Lottery games aren’t the worse offenders, however. Nonetheless, officials intend to raise annual sales limit to £50 million with a maximum draw prize of £500,000.
The age 16 requirement is a decade old; yet a consideration of gambling-related issues has prompted the need for change, especially given the size of current lotteries. It is time to slow down and reformulate the costly bureaucracy the country has designed to keep them under control.