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Underage gambling figures remain low

15 December 2014

The Gambling Commission has published the latest research figures for 11-15 year olds who say they played National Lottery games and other gambling products.

These indicate that the claimed rate of gambling among 11-15s has remained relatively static over time, with no evidence of a rise in problem gambling levels.

The Commission, which regulates gambling to ensure that children are protected, commissions regular surveys to better understand potential underage play. This latest survey of nearly 3,000 children aged between 11 and 15 in England and Wales was conducted independently by Ipsos MORI.

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  1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling in the public interest alongside its co-regulators local licensing authorities. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling. Subject to these overriding public protection objectives, as regulator of the National Lottery the Commission monitors and challenges Camelot to raise the maximum amount for good causes. The Commission also provides independent advice to government on gambling in Britain. Read more about what the Commission does.
  2. The Commission and local licensing authorities are responsible for licensing and regulating all gambling in Great Britain other than spread betting, which is the responsibility of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) (opens in new tab).
  3. See the Terms & Conditions section of our website for information on legal advice (opens in new tab).
  4. It is illegal for children aged under 16 to purchase National Lottery products themselves.
  5. The Ipsos MORI Young People Omnibus captured data from school children aged 11-16 in England and Wales. Results presented here are based on 2,796 11-15 year olds interviewed attending maintained schools. Children completed self-completion questionnaires in interviewer-supervised classroom sessions. Data have been weighted by gender, age and region to represent the known profile of secondary-age children attending maintained schools in England and Wales. The Commission has a programme of research which aims to understand the level of underage play on the National Lottery.

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