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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


4 - Social responsibility

34.11. Participation in a lottery is a form of gambling, and as such licensing authorities must be aware that the societies they register are required to conduct their lotteries in a socially responsible manner and in accordance with the Act.

34.12. The minimum age for participation in a lottery is 16 and Social Responsibility (SR) code 3.2.9 in the Licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP) requires lottery licences to have effective procedures to minimise the risk of lottery tickets being sold to children, including procedures for:

  • checking the age of apparently underage purchasers of lottery tickets
  • taking action where there are unlawful attempts to purchase tickets.

34.13. The licensee must take reasonable steps to ensure that all those engaged in the promotion of lotteries understand their responsibilities for preventing underage gambling, returning stakes and not paying prizes to underage customers.

34.14. As with other aspects of local gambling regulation, licensing authorities are encouraged to use their statement of policy as a means of making clear their expectations of lottery operators and particular risks that may exist.

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