Camelot Defends Against False Claims Of Minors Gambling

Recent accusations have surfaced against Camelot, the lottery and scratch card company that operates the official lottery of the United Kingdom on behalf of the National Lottery. Some outsiders have noted that scratch card games are available in themes borrowing from 'retro children's games' like Monopoly, Mousetrap and Connect 4 while making the incorrect assessment that the intent is to lure small children into scratch card game play and other gambling games.

In many places the minimum age for buying scratch cards is 16 rather than 18 and parents advocacy groups fear that a child of 13 or 14 might appear to be 16. However, the same claims might be made about a child of 17 appearing 18 or older to buy alcohol or any other adult form of entertainment.

A spokesman for Camelot said scratch-cards based on children’s games "are much more likely to appeal to adults in a ‘retro’ sense than a modern 14 or 15 year old who is unlikely to consider a board game ‘cool’. That said, if we discover that a particular game is causing problems, we would take action and ultimately have the power to have games removed from sale."

He went on to further explain that Camelot insists illegal sales of its scratchcards to under-age children are negligible. In fact, the organization uses a 'mystery shopping program' called Operation Child to send undercover lottery agents into stores and remove sales terminals any rogue retailers found to be enabling anyone underage with scratch card game play for money. The spokesman said "There is no evidence to demonstrate that board-game-themed scratchcards are attractive to those under 16. If there was, we would not have launched these games and they would not have been licensed by our regulator, the National Lottery Commission."

Ultimately, the supervision of children must be a matter for parents to undertake. This seems to be yet another attempt by outsiders to sully the enjoyment of responsible adults enjoying a bit of fun with scratch card games online and in stores. No amount of regulation will ever replace the need for good parenting, and with millions of dollars at stake for honest adult gamers seeking to enjoy their free time pursuing jackpots these baseless claims hardly even make any sense.

This is interesting that they would be accused of allowing minors to gamble. It is ultimately on parents to monitor their child's behavior and they can even block certain sites from their computer if they wish. Camelot is a professional company which is why the UK uses them for their lottery. This argument was also made in other countries for land casinos and certain slot machine themes are not allowed on the gaming floors. This is nonsense as the minor still needs to get into the casino before they can play the game.

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