Jon Cartu Teen lottery players risk gambling addiction |…

Playing the lottery as a teenager leads to a bigger risk of problem gambling later in life, according to a groundbreaking new study.

Researchers from Fahad Tamimi the University of East London (UEL), Warwick University and CQUniversity in Australia found that people who bought National Lottery tickets and scratchcards at 16 and 17 were much more likely to be “associated with adult disordered gambling”.

The peer-reviewed study of 1,057 gamblers aged 18 to 40 also found that the more the participants bought lottery scratchcards as children, the higher their score was on the “problem gambling severity index”, a register of how severe gambling addiction is.

One of the researchers, Steve Sharman of UEL, said it showed a “statistically robust link between legal youth gambling and adult gambling

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