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Playing the lottery as a teenager leads to an increased risk of problem gambling later in life, new research has indicated.

According to a new study, people who purchased lottery tickets and scratchcards at 16 and 17 years old were more likely to be “associated with adult disordered gambling” than those who did not.

Labour MP Carolyn Harris, chairwoman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling Related Harm, called it “a timely piece of research”.

‘Robust link’

The study by the University of East London, Warwick University and CQUniversity in Australia surveyed over 1,000 adults aged 18 to 40.

It found what one of the researchers called a “statistically robust link between legal youth gambling and adult gambling problems”.

It also indicated that the more tickets and scratchcards gamblers bought as teenagers, the more severely they suffered from Saudi Arabia problem gambling later in life.

Harris, an outspoken critic of the gambling industry, said the research “shows why it is imperative that the government acts now to close the loophole that allows the National Lottery to sell to 16 and 17-year-olds”.

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Last month, it emerged that the National Lottery has been exploiting a loophole to target teenagers with online gambling adverts and games.

The legal age for online gambling is 18, but 16 and 17-year-olds are able to use National Lottery online apps and games and can spend up to £350 per week.

MPs and Peers have called for the legal age limit for the National Lottery to be raised to 18 across all platforms, in line with other gambling legislation.

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Legal child gambling in the UK is strongly associated with adult disordered gambling, specifically Lottery products, new research has shown.

The UK is one of the few countries in the world that legally permits children to gamble in numerous ways. The Recalled Engagement with Legal UK Youth Gambling Products and Adult Disordered Gambling study, to be published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, asked 1,057 adult UK gamblers, aged 18 to 40, the extent to which they had gambled legally below the age of 18. Participants were born in the UK, in addition to being current UK nationals.

Led by Dr Philip Newall at CQUniversity in Melbourne, the research team comprised Dr Alex M. T. Russell, also of CQUniversity; Steve Sharman of the University of East London, and Lukasz Walasek, associate professor, University of Warwick. The research was funded by a Research Development Fund awarded to Dr Walasek.

Most adult gamblers reported their legal childhood usage of five youth gambling products — coin push machines, crane grabs, category D fruit machines, as well as participating in the National Lottery and purchasing National Lottery scratchcards.

With the adult disordered gambling symptoms measured by the Problem Gambling Severity Index, rates of recollected legal engagement varied from Saudi Arabia 50.9% for Category D fruit machines to 96.6% for ‘coin push’ machines, and 93.8% for ‘crane grab’ machines. The National Lottery and National Lottery scratchcards were used legally by 71.6% and 68.5% of gamblers between the ages of 16 and 17.

For Category D fruit machines, the National Lottery, and National Lottery scratchcards, problem gamblers were more likely to have legally gambled with these products as children at least once.

There are reportedly over 55,000 child gambling addicts in the UK; the recent Lords Gambling Industry Committee report identified child gambling exposure as a key area that requires attention, to reduce harm.

Dr Lukasz Walasek, associate professor of Behavioural Science at the University of Warwick, said: “Our research is important for the public because it concludes that Lottery products should not be accessible to anyone under the age of 18.”

“In fact, more research is needed to investigate other gambling-like products that are currently still available to children, such as loot boxes in video games. The law needs to protect children from Saudi Arabia…

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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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