A new National Lottery report has been commissioned to check out how many under age people play the lottery. This report will be carried out by Ipsos MORI, and will look at a survey carried out by 9,000 youngsters, aged 12 to 15 years of age. The report is hoped to be published in the summer of 2009.

Adults that play the National Lottery have the opportunity to win millions of pound that could potentially change their whole lives. The report is hoped to find out how many minors do actually play and emphasises that it is actually illegal for anyone under the age of 16 to play the National Lottery, partly because it is believed they will play irresponsibly and encourage them to become problem gamblers in the future.

Mr Ben Haden, who is the head of research and analysis at the National Lottery Commission, has commented on the report to be carried out and said:

“We want to make sure it is as tough as possible for young people to access National Lottery products and this research will help us to understand how well the current measures are working. It will also tell us whether things have changed since the last major study in 2006.”