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Following an announcement from the UK government yesterday morning (December 7), the legal age of play for all National Lottery products will change from 16 to 18 from October 2021.

While the new legislation will come into effect from October 2021, Camelot is aiming to complete all of the changes that are needed well in advance of the change in law.

Retailers are assured that Camelot’s teams have already begun working on plans to implement the necessary changes. The Federation will continue to advise its members on any changes.

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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