National Lottery

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 3rd August 2020.

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Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Labour, Swansea East

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason his Department has not published a response to the consultation entitled, Consultation on the minimum age for playing National Lottery games that closed in October 2019.

Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Labour, Swansea East

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make it his policy to raise the age for playing the National Lottery to 18 years old.

Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Labour, Swansea East

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of children aged between 16 and 18 playing the National Lottery.

Photo of Nigel Huddleston Nigel Huddleston Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

DCMS held a consultation seeking views on whether to raise the minimum age for playing National Lottery games as part of work on the next National Lottery licence, which is due to begin in 2023. The responses are currently being considered and I will formally respond in due course.

The consultation on the minimum age for playing National Lottery games provides information on the estimated number of National Lottery players by age brackets which include the age bracket 16 and 17 year olds and 18 to 24 year olds.

Estimated number of 16 and 17 year old National Lottery ‘regular players’ based on survey data between April 2016 and March 2019 and population estimates.

Played NL draw-based games

Played NL scratchcards

Played online instant win games

204,000

231,000

484

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