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Why can you play the lottery at 16, but not gamble until 18?

Question

Why at 16 can you play the lottery, but you can’t gamble until you’re 18?
Lee, Epping

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: Tracy, Reading
Qualification: Used to chair Licensing Authority for Islington Borough Council
Answer: It’s because the Gambling Act of 2005 doesn’t govern the National Lottery.  The age was chosen by Camelot as part of the negotiations with the government over their license.

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