Lottery tickets and scratch cards

This advice is designed to provide basic guidance to traders. It is not a complete or authoritative statement of the law. Please note that some of the advice we provide to businesses is chargeable.

The law and you

It an offence for anyone under the age of 16 to be sold any lottery products.

Lottery operator Camelot is required, by its regulator, The National Lottery Commission, to use its “best endeavours” to prevent underage sales and it cannot pay out a prize to anyone under the age of 16.

Penalties

Camelot has the right to suspend or terminate their agreement with you if any under age sales occur (regardless of whether or not a prosecution takes place).

On conviction in the Magistrates’ Court a fine of up to £5,000 can be imposed.

Unlimited fines and/or up to 2 years imprisonment may be imposed by the Crown Court.

National Lottery, etc. Act 1993, National Lottery Regulations 1994

What you can do

When a terminal is installed all staff should be trained to ensure they are implementing the necessary safeguards to prevent under-age sales.

No one under the age of 16 should be serving behind the counter selling lottery products.

Camelot issues a retailer handbook detailing the necessary safeguards, a refusal register and relevant point of sale information.

Report an underage sale

Report an underage sale to the National Lottery