The Department of Digital Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) is considering a new framework to allow 16 and 17 year olds to sell national lottery tickets – in which a designated adult would approve transactions – after the The minimum age for playing has been raised to 18 years.
Concerns have been expressed by operator Camelot and retailers who sell tickets after the government announced last year that the minimum age for purchasing national lottery products would be raised. These concerns were in part due to the problems this could cause for retailers employing 16 and 17 year olds.
In response, DCMS has now launched a consultation to welcome advice on the suggested structural change.
DCMS considered the change to be similar to the framework on the sale of alcohol, where a “responsible person” must approve the transaction if the alcohol is sold by a person aged 16 or 17 in England, Scotland and the United Kingdom. of Wales.
Scotland has set up a similar structure for the sale of tobacco products.
In relevant data collected by DCMS, it was found that 16 and 17 year olds make up a significant portion of the retail workforce, especially on Saturdays which is a peak day for ticket sales. national lottery.
“The operator of the National Lottery told us that they and many of their retailers support this small easement, which I am convinced will serve our dual purpose of protecting the interests of young people while ensuring that the National Lottery may continue to raise funds for the good causes it supports, ”said John Whittingdale, Minister of Media and Data.
As the minimum age for selling lottery tickets was raised, the government also raised the age for buying lottery tickets from 16 to 18. The change was implemented in April 2021, and the legislation to this effect entered into force in October 2021.
The consultation will close on August 12, 2021 at noon.
In August 2020, the Gambling Commission launched its fourth national lottery tender in hopes of securing a licensee by September 2021.
Gaming operator Sazka Group was the first company to announce its candidacy in October 2020, followed by Sugal & Damani. Camelot – which currently operates the lottery – has shown interest by completing the screening questionnaire, but has not confirmed whether it will compete in the tender.
More recently, Italian lottery operator Sisal partnered with BT to bid for the license.