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National Lottery Age Could be Raised Following Ministerial Outcry

Culture minister Mims Davies may increase the legal age for buying a National Lottery scratchcard to 18.

Addressing the House of Commons on July 16, Davies said that raising the current age limit from 16 would help protect children.

Following a recent report by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), one in 20 children aged between 11 and 16 have played the National Lottery. Aiming to tackle this issue, Davies has launched a consultation.

National Lottery Splits House

The plan sparked backlash from certain ministers who believe action should be taken now but the Conservative MP wants to take a measured … Read more

Inspired Entertainment is set to increase its network of live betting terminals after acquiring the UK arm of Novomatic.

Adding to its current selection of fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), Inspired Entertainment will add Category B3, C and D machines to its mix.

The £94 million acquisition will see the gaming provider “increase the size, scale and scope” of its business according to executive chairman Lorne Weil.

Time is Right to Expand

What’s interesting about the deal is that it follows a major overhaul of the UK’s live gaming sector. After sustained pressure from anti-gambling advocates, the government reduced the … Read more

National Lottery ticket sales are up by £255 million according to the latest revenue report from Camelot.

Covering the period from April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019, the financial update shows a total turnover of £7.2 billion.

That figure takes into account a £1.15 million fine levied on Camelot by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) for historic governance failures.

Necessary Spending Helps National Lottery

Despite earnings improving, the amount of money given to good causes fell between 2017 and 2018.

As per the report, the National Lottery donated £1.6 billion to charities across the UK. That amount is £0.6 … Read more