If you are under-18, you have just two days until you will be banned from playing any National Lottery game – whether online or buying a ticket in store.
This means you can play EuroMillions tonight (Tuesday, April 20) for the last time until you turn 18.
And under-18s have one more National Lottery Lotto draw on Wednesday, April 21 – but forget about Set for Life on Thursday.
It’s part of Government plans announced last year to ban 16 and 17 year olds from playing the Lottery and comes into effect on Thursday, April 22.
It follows move to tackle problem gambling.
A Lottery spokesman said: “From 22 April 2021, players must be 18 or over to play National Lottery games online, in store and on the app.
“This is in line with the government’s decision to raise the legal minimum age to play The National Lottery, which we fully support.
“Encouraging healthy play is at the heart of everything we do. Remember, you can set limits for the amount you deposit and spend each week, moderate your Instant Win Games play limit or even take a break from playing.”
If 16 and 17 year olds buy tickets before the change they will be eligible to claim the prize after April 22 – as long as you come forward within 180 days of the relevant draw. They can also access their account until November 30, 2021. You can find more FAQs on the Lottery’s website.
Last December, sport minister Nigel Huddleston told The Commons: “Protecting young people from the risk of gambling-related harm is of paramount importance. We have therefore decided to increase the minimum age of the sale of all National Lottery games to the age of 18.
“We are keen to make this change at pace while being acutely aware of the need to give retailers and the operator time to ensure a smooth transition.
“The legislative change will therefore come into force in October 2021 but we have asked that where it can be done sooner, it is done sooner.”
A report presented in the House of Lords showed that many of the estimated 55,000 children with a gambling problem began by playing the Lottery.