Forecourt retailers are most at risk of selling National Lottery tickets to underage shoppers, according to the latest results of Camelot’s Operation Child scheme.
The sting operation, now four years old, has revealed more than one in five forecourt stores visited by test purchasers sold tickets without asking for proof of age.
Camelot said many retailers in the sector assumed customers had driven to forecourt stores and were therefore old enough to buy tickets. Any retailer found selling to under-16s three times will have their National Lottery terminals removed.
However, Camelot stressed the operation was deterring retailers from selling to minors. From April 1999 to March 2000, 26%of retailers were found to be at fault. But in last year’s results that figure had halved.
“Retailers need to remain vigilant,” said a spokesman for Camelot. “Our message would be, keep up the good work and make sure you don’t put yourself at risk by making assumptions about a customer’s age.”
Meanwhile, Camelot said the roll-out of its Lotto Rollover point of sale kits is almost complete. The company said 90% of the 26,000 retailers on its books had already received the PoS equipment, with the rest expected to receive it within two months.