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Lotteries: Regulation

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 26969, tabled on 9 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) voluntary and (b) statutory limits are imposed on the online purchase of (i) lottery tickets and (ii) scratch cards in relation to the (A) National Lottery, (B) Postcode Lottery, (C) Health Lottery and (D) other lotteries.

Answered on

16 March 2020

There are no statutory price or volume limits on the online purchase of lottery products.

The National Lottery operator has voluntarily set limits on both draw-based and instant-win games for players using its online services. It has set a spend limit of £750 per week and an account deposit limit of £350 per week. An account can play up to 75 instant win games per day. Players are also able to set personal, tighter limits if they so wish.

The People’s Postcode Lottery does not sell instant win games. It voluntarily limits on the online purchase of Lottery tickets to three entries per month, totaling £30.

The Health Lottery’s instant win games have a spend limit of £500 per day. Their draw-based game has a limit of £80 per person for any single lottery. Their QuickWin online game has a limit of £400 per week with a day cap of £75. All their online games have a deposit limit of £500 per day, and a restriction on deposits where the account balance exceeds £2000.

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