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The National Lottery has today announced that the minimum age to buy and play National Lottery scratchcards will increase to 18.

The rule is set to go into effect on the 22nd April, meaning that anybody aged 17 or under from this date will no longer be allowed to buy National Lottery tickets or scratchcards – online or in store – until they turn 18.

The update to the rule was announced somewhat quietly, with a banner notice making us aware of the changes:

Clicking on the link takes you to the following page which answers more questions about the new age restrictions coming into play.

What does it mean for Scratchcard Players?

Obviously, the only scratchcard players that are going to be affected are players that are currently under 18.

If you are under 18, you can continue to buy and play scratchcards up until the 21st April. After that time, you cannot cash in any scratchcards or play online after this date, until you turn 18!

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