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Young People and Gambling 2022

Gambling Commission report produced by Ipsos on young people and their gambling behaviour, attitudes and awareness in 2022.



This section focuses on lottery play, examining in more detail active involvement and experience with National Lottery products and looking at who young people are with when they play.


Overall, 10 percent of 11 to 16 year olds have played a National Lottery game in the last 12 months. However, only 2 percent of young people were actively involved having spent their own money on a lottery game during that period, with just 1 percent spending their own money on a National Lottery draw or buying a National Lottery scratchcard or taking part in National Lottery instant win games.

It’s important to note that most young people were in the company of their parents, carers or guardians when purchasing a National Lottery product and in most cases, they did not make the purchase themselves.

The research highlights differences in play by product, with older age groups more likely to have played National Lottery scratchcards in the last 12 months (9 percent of 14 to 16 year olds compared with 7 percent of 11 to 13 year olds). National Lottery scratchcard play is also more likely to happen with siblings or friends aged 18 or older (10 percent compared with 4 percent of those playing a National Lottery draw). In contrast, young people were more likely to be alone when playing a National Lottery draw (10 percent) than National Lottery scratchcards (4 percent).

This section covers participation in National Lottery games over the last 12 months. Legislation changed in 2021 to increase the age people can play National Lottery games to 18 years old (opens in a new tab).

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