The rules in this section are designed to ensure that marketing communications for lotteries are socially responsible, with particular regard to the need to protect children, young persons under 18 and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by advertising that features or promotes lotteries. It should be noted, however, that although the minimum age limit for purchasing National Lottery products is 18, the minimum age limit for participation in society lotteries is 16.
This section applies to the marketing communications of the National Lottery and 'large' society lotteries licensed and regulated by the Gambling Commission and, in the case of 'small' society lotteries, those promoters registered with local authorities in England and Wales or licensing boards in Scotland.
This section also applies to marketing communications for lottery products that are licensed and regulated by the Gambling Commission for National Lottery products.
The UK National Lottery may be advertised under The National Lottery etc Act 1993 (as amended). Society lotteries are promoted under the requirements of the Gambling Act 2005.
Marketing communications must not portray, condone or encourage gambling behaviour that is socially irresponsible or could lead to financial, social or emotional harm.
Marketing communications must not suggest that participating in a lottery can provide an escape from personal, professional or educational problems such as loneliness or depression.
Marketing communications must not suggest that participating in a lottery can be a solution to financial concerns, an alternative to employment or a way to achieve financial security. Advertisers may, however, refer to other benefits of winning a prize.
Marketing communications must not portray participating in a lottery as indispensable or as taking priority in life; for example, over family, friends or professional or educational commitments.
Marketing communications must neither suggest peer pressure to participate nor disparage abstention.
Marketing communications must not suggest that participating in a lottery can enhance personal qualities, for example, that it can improve self-image or self-esteem, or is a way to gain control, superiority, recognition or admiration.
Marketing communications must not link participating in a lottery to seduction, sexual success or enhanced attractiveness.
Marketing communications must not portray participation in a context of toughness or link it to resilience or recklessness.
Marketing communications must not suggest participation is a rite of passage.
Marketing communications must not suggest that solitary gambling is preferable to social gambling.
Marketing communications for lotteries that can be participated in only by entering gambling premises must make that condition clear.
Marketing communications for lotteries must not exploit the susceptibilities, aspirations, credulity, inexperience or lack of knowledge of children, young persons or other vulnerable persons.
Marketing communications for lotteries must not be likely to be of particular appeal to children or young persons, especially by reflecting or being associated with youth culture.
Marketing communications for lotteries should not be directed at those aged under 16 years (or 18 years for National Lottery products) through the selection of media or context in which they appear.
Marketing communications for lotteries must not feature anyone who is, or seems to be, under 25 years old (under-25s) participating in gambling.
Marketing communications for lotteries which include any reference to scratchcards or online instant-win lottery products must not feature under-25s in a significant role. Other marketing communications for lotteries must not feature under-25s in a significant role unless either:
the under-25s are featured solely to depict the good causes supported by the lottery and there is no explicit encouragement to purchase a lottery product; or
the lottery primarily benefits under-25s (including in a family setting) and the under-25s featured are representative of the primary beneficiaries of the lottery
Marketing communications for lotteries must not exploit cultural beliefs or traditions about gambling or luck.
Marketing communications for lotteries must not condone or encourage criminal or antisocial behaviour.
Marketing communications for lotteries must not condone or feature gambling in a working environment (an exception exists for workplace lottery syndicates and gambling premises).