New independent study to consider underage element

The release of the UK Gambling Commission's latest edition of its ongoing Gambling Prevalence research has been followed by news that the UK National Lottery Commission has initiated an additional and independent study of possible underage gambling on the lottery.

National Lottery wagering dominated the remote gaming activity section of the latest Gambling Commission report.

Swiss-Press reports that the National Lottery Commission initiative is motivated by a desire to better understand the habits of underage gamblers who play the UK's national lottery, and to this end it has commissioned the Ipsos MORI research group to conduct an in-depth study.

"The major study is designed around the underage play of the National Lottery," reports Swiss-press.com. "[It] will also provide a much expanded survey of the gambling preferences of the 12 to 15 year-old youth demographic."

Ipsos MORI will apparently be supported in the endeavour by the UK's Salford University, which will provide technical and academic support, and will sample a group of almost nine thousand youths to measure levels of underage lottery play. A similar study conducted in 2006 will be used as a reference and benchmark for the new research.

Persons under the age of 16 years are expressly prohibited from playing the National Lottery.

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