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Camelot has changed its age to play rule on National Lottery from 16 to 18.

This change took effect from yesterday (April 22) and follows a major government review into gambling laws to ensure they were fit for purpose for the digital age. As part of this major review, it was announced that the minimum age to play the National Lottery would rise from 16 to 18 from October.

Although the legislation does not take effect until October, on April 22 Camelot changed the rules to play National Lottery games from 16 to 18 to ensure all National Lottery retail outlets are fully prepared ahead of the autumn.

How this affects you?

From April 22, players must now be 18+ to purchase any National Lottery products in store, online and on the app.  All staff must be aware of tis and check to ensure any players who look younger are of the correct age.

Paying out prizes

Players aged 16 or 17 can continue to claim a prize on a valid National Lottery tIcket purchased before April 22 during the relevant claim period, including the free Lotto Lucky Dip prize. The usual age verification checks must be carried out and the prize can be paid as normal. If it is unclear when the ticket was purchased, the player can be referred to the National Lottery Line.

All players must be 18+ to claim a prize on tickets purchased on or after April 22 2021.

National Lottery FastPay cards

From April 22, the National Lottery terminal will prompt retailers to create a new National Lottery FastPay crd for the customer and destroy the old one due to the age change.

Play slips and till rolls

New play slip and till roll orders now sent out will include the new 18+ details.  From September 1, play slips with 16+ on will no longer work.

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