In an attempt to curb problem gambling in the UK, Camelot, the National Lottery organiser have removed high priced £10 scratch cards from sale in UK stores.
From September 27th 2019 the highest value scratch card lottery players can purchase in the UK is now £5.
"Even though it’s widely acknowledged that the risk of problem play associated with our games is very low, player protection has always underpinned the way we run the National Lottery,” a Camelot spokesperson told iGamingBusiness.com.
“We believed this was the right thing to do to help protect the very small minority of players concerned (less than 1% of all National Lottery players). We worked closely with our regulator, the Gambling Commission, on this at the time and are pleased that it welcomed the action we took.”
Players in possession of winning £10 scratchcards can still redeem winnings as long as a claim is made within 180 days of the game's end date.
The UK National lottery who announced record ticket sales earlier this year is now looking at ways to protect the younger generation from problem gambling.
Presently, UK lottery players have to be at least 16 years of age to purchase tickets but the UK Government are backing a proposal to increase the minimum age to 18 years.