The National Lottery is ending credit card gambling on its lottery trains and games.
Beginning February 4, members of the public will no longer be able to link a credit card or business card to a new account.
Card linking has recently allowed users to program their favorite numbers to be automatically selected on each draw, with a charge on the card.
Customers who have already linked cards to their account are not affected for the time being, but will have to switch “soon”.
National Lottery said in a new message to account holders, “We are always looking for ways to promote and improve responsible gaming.
“We take this very seriously, which is why we have decided to end the use of credit cards and commercial cards as means of payment for online gaming.”
The National Lottery is now owned by a consortium benefiting the Canadian Teacher Pension Fund in Ontario.
The new move prevents users from going into credit card debt to achieve a desperate dream.
“We’re going to a stage where only personal debit and prepaid debit cards are accepted according to best practices,” the company said.
The ban on new credit cards is followed by a second phase in which customers can no longer top up their accounts with a credit card or a commercial card.
Customers were told, “Don’t worry, we’ll let you know closer to when the change will take place.”
Those whose accounts are linked to a debit card have been advised that no action is required.
However, those linked to a credit card should switch to a debit card soon to avoid disruptions later.
The email ends: “Please continue to gamble responsibly and play for fun.”
The move follows a ban on the use of credit cards for lottery gambling in the UK.
This means that the National Lottery here is following the UK Government’s efforts to address the problem of gambling while protecting vulnerable customers.
“Credit card games can cause significant financial damage,” said Neil McArthur, UK Commission executive director.
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