Camelot Group, the National Lottery operator have terminated all sales of £10 scratch cards in the UK due to ‘player protection considerations’.As of 27th September 2019, Camelot made its retailers aware of the decision and ask for all the £10 scratch cards to be removed from all sales counters and displays.
Winning Jackpots Will Be Honoured
Camelot will allow an 180-day window to allow winning jackpots that have already been sold to be claimed, including two £4 million black top prizes and a £2 million Diamond 7 prize will also be honoured, according to The Sun newspaper.A spokesperson for Camelot said,“ We became aware that, unlike other scratch cards, these games over-indexed among problem gamblers.“ Even though it’s widely acknowledged that the risk of problem play associated with our games is very low, player protection has always underpinned the way we run the National Lottery.”The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) called for the £10 scratch cards to be removed from sales with the view they are ‘not consistent with being a leisure activity’.After new evidence had been considered, both companies agreed that all scratch cards of £10 be removed from sale until the UKGC are satisfied that, “risks posed to our duties are mitigated”.
Re-Pitch For Status
In 2020, Camelot will re-pitch to keep its status as the UK National Lottery operator, there’s expected to be strong competition for the title, after the National Funding Audit found accountability concerns over the ‘funding of good causes’.