A quarter of Belgian youngsters gamble

17th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

Young gamblers spend an average of 33 euros a month on gambling products.

A study by the Consumer Associations’ Research and Information Centre (OIVO) has revealed that a quarter of all minors in Belgium buy lottery tickets or purchase National Lottery scratch cards. According to the study, the young gamblers spend an average of 33 euros a month on gambling products.

OIVO has called on Belgium’s National Lottery to take extra measures to prevent minors from purchasing its products illegally.

In a reaction to OIVO's comments, the National Lottery issued a statement outlining the measures already in place to prevent children from purchasing its products.

The National Lottery stresses that it is in regular contact with its points-of-sale to discuss the issue.

Furthermore, the problem also receives regular media attention.

Points of sale are required to display notices stating that minors are not allowed to buy lottery products.

Failure to display the notices can result in a shop losing the commission it has earned from selling lottery tickets and scratch cards.

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