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Gambling and young people

In most cases, the minimum legal age for gambling in Great Britain is 18.

This applies to:

  • some types of arcade
  • all betting shops
  • bingo halls
  • casinos
  • race tracks
  • online gambling.

However, you can buy scratchcards and tickets for The National Lottery from the age of 16.

The gambling industry's responsibilities to protect young people

Any organisation offering gambling facilities in Britain must have procedures to prevent underage gambling. This includes both online betting sites and physical places you can gamble such as a betting shop or casino.

All gambling websites regulated by us must have:

  • up to date policies and procedures designed to prevent underage gambling
  • a warning that underage gambling is an offence
  • a requirement that customers affirm they are legally old enough to gamble.

Get help today

Find out more about how you can understand the risks of young people and gambling. You can also find where to get help if you know a young person who is struggling with gambling.

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