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National Lottery underage test purchase data

An important part of our responsibility to ensure that the interests of all players are protected is by ensuring the operator of the National Lottery has controls in place to stop underage play.

Our regulatory activity is aimed at ensuring high levels of assurance that age verification controls are effective. One way of measuring that is through test-purchase activity.

This data is based on average first pass rates supplied by the licensee under its licence requirements.

National Lottery underage test purchase

National Lottery underage test purchase.
Measure April 2021 to March 2022 April 2022 to March 2023
National Lottery underage test purchase data – percentage of successful tests 90% 92%


† Denotes that this only includes data from quarter 3 and 4 due to a shift in methodology following introduction in the minimum age to play from 16 years of age to 18 in 2021.

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