Young People and Gambling 2023
- Executive summary
- Young people’s active involvement in gambling
- Experience of gambling
- The Impact of gambling on young people
- Online gambling
- National Lottery play
- Games and gaming machines
- The Context for gambling participation
- Attitudes towards and exposure to gambling
- List of gambling activities and definitions
Buying a National Lottery draw ticket or scratchcard
To set these findings in context, young people who have ever experienced play on a National Lottery draw based game or scratchcard, were asked how the purchase was made. It’s important to note that the number of young people who self-reported experience of National Lottery draw based games is small (base size of 116), so the figures should be interpreted with caution. However, the data indicates that for both draw based and scratchcard games, in the vast majority of cases someone else made the purchase for young people.
Almost all (96 percent) young people who had played National Lottery scratchcards said that someone else purchased the scratchcard for them.
In 2023 only 3 percent said that they purchased the scratchcard themselves. Similarly, 83 percent of young people who bought a ticket for a National Lottery draw based game said that someone else made the purchase for them.
However, 8 percent said that they had made the purchase themselves suggesting that a significant minority of young people were allowed to buy a ticket underage.
Figure 16: How National Lottery draw games and scratchcards were purchased
Figure 16 information
GC_HANDED1. Thinking about the last time you played National Lottery draw or scratchcard which statement best describes how you purchased and paid for the item?
Base: All 11 to 17 year olds answering who have played National Lottery (116). All participants answering who have played National Lottery scratchcards (260).
How National Lottery draw games were purchased
|How National Lottery draw game tickets were purchased||Percentage|
|Someone else purchased the ticket for me in a shop||83%|
|The ticket was not purchased in a shop||9%|
|I purchased the ticket by myself in a shop||8%|
How National Lottery scratchcards were purchased
|How National Lottery scratchcards were purchased||Percentage|
|Someone else purchased the scratchcard for me in a shop||96%|
|The scratchcard was not purchased in a shop||1%|
|I purchased the scratchcard by myself in a shop||3%|
Wider experience of lottery games Next section
Who young people are with when playing a National Lottery product
Last updated: 16 November 2023
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