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    Default Scotland MP claims banning kids from lottery will help prevent "addicts"

    According to Scots MP Ronnie Cowan, banning anyone under the age of 18 from playing the National Lottery would help prevent young people from getting hooked on gambling. Cowan also "branded the addiction as a quiet killer" and says current rules allow destructive habits to form in early life.

    From a Daily Record article:

    While most gambling is illegal for under-18s, the minimum age to play any of lottery operator Camelot’s games is 16.
    It means children can spend up to £350 a week on weekly draws as well as products such as Bingo Millionaire, Fruity £500s and Treasure Temple, which offers prizes of up to £500,000.

    People aged under 18 are thought to have spent £47million in 2017-2018 alone.

    SNP politician Cowan, vice-chairman of Westminster’s parliamentary group on gambling- related harm, said: “The industry is benefitting from gambling being normalised, either through gaming or through 16-year-olds being legally allowed and encouraged to buy National Lottery tickets and games.

    “It’s pushed as a soft option but it can be habit-forming and young adults are swept up into a gambling environment with little or no education on the harm that gambling can do. It’s a quiet killer and destroys lives.

    “The industry must be forced to acknowledge the potential damage and act accordingly.”

    Cowan has also written to the Department for Culture Media and Sport, along with members of the all-party parliamentary group on
    gambling-related harm, calling for a ban. The letter states: “Allowing 16 to 17-year-olds to play the lottery means that they are able to gamble online.
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    i have no idea why under 18s can gamble anywhere tbh.
    camelot / national lottery seems to get a 'free pass'

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    Age 18 is just a number. With kids having access to internet from age 6, they can get enough info on addictions like alcohol or gambling.
    Agree, proper education by parents and in school is more important.

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