Lithuania imposes new age restriction on lottery ticket sales

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Lithuania has passed a new law to prohibit the sale of lottery tickets to minors, according to LRT.

The Lithuanian news outlet has reported that the amendments to the Law on Lotteries came after a vote in parliament on Tuesday, which imposes more stringent restrictions on playing lotteries.

As it stands, there is no age limit for purchasing lottery tickets in Lithuania, but a person has to be at least 16 years of age in order to claim any prize.

But, from January 2023, a person must be at least 18 years old to buy a lottery ticket in the Baltic state.

88 voted in favour of setting the minimum age requirement while seven vetoed the motion, with 23 abstentions.

This latest development follows a previous report that claimed the Budget and Finance Committee of Lithuania’s Seimas (Parliamentary Assembly) was proposing new standards on lottery play and advertising.

Earlier this month, the Committee completed a draft decree which included a recommendation to impose a minimum age of purchase of lottery tickets.

The new legislation will also prohibit cashiers in shops from offering lottery tickets to customers.

Additionally, lottery organisers and lottery ticket distributors are banned from encouraging shoppers to participate in lotteries by offering them to buy tickets at the point of distribution.

The ban does not apply when lottery tickets are sold online, though.