Millions of people will be banned from playing national lottery games and scratch cards under new law

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Millions of people will be banned from playing the national lottery and its most popular games under strict new rules.Under a massive crackdown, 16 and 17-year-olds will be banned from playing Lotto, Thunderball and more.

There are reports that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will change the law in an attempt to prevent teenagers from gambling.

They will also not be able to purchase popular scratch cards at supermarkets, convenience stores, newsstands and gas stations under the changes in the law.

The Sun reports that a Whitehall-based government source said: “The Prime Minister believes this is a necessary step to protect children.”

Currently, gambling is illegal for those under the age of 18, but national lottery games can be played by anyone over the age of 16.

Buying lottery tickets for teens as young as 16 has long been considered a rite of passage, and in 2019 Camelot launched a Love Island-based scratch card with the aim of appealing to younger players.

Currently, the operator of the national lottery Camelot runs two raffles each week, with prizes up for grabs in the form of lotto and Thunderball games.

The raffles are held on Wednesday and Saturday evenings respectively, with Euromillions also being extremely popular with people across the country.

The Euromillions draws – which can sometimes see jackpots reach up to £ 120million – take place on Tuesday evenings and Friday evenings.

A ban on children under 18 from playing national lottery games could come before the end of 2020, amid fears that 55,000 children are addicted to the game.

In response to the news, a social media user decreed “something must be done” and pleaded with the prime minister “to go further”.

“The only winner is the gambling companies,” added another.

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