Rutherglen tesco has Lotto licence suspended for six months
Jan 9 2013
by Will Henshaw, Rutherglen Reformer
A Rutherglen superstore has had its Lotto licence suspended for six months.
As previously reported in the Reformer, the Tesco Extra store on Dalmarnock Road failed a test purchase operation which was carried out by Camelot, who run the national lottery.
The Reformer understands a scratchcard was sold that failed the test. A Tesco spokesman said: “On selling age-restricted products, we take our responsibilities very seriously.
“We have a strict Think 21 policy in place across all our stores on lottery tickets and we were very disappointed to learn of this matter. Our colleagues have undergone further training to remind them of their obligations.”
In order to ensure player protection, Camelot developed operation Child. This involves test-purchasing visits carried out by young people who are aged 16 or over but who look younger.
A Camelot spokesperson said: “I can confirm that we have terminated the Lottery Retailer Agreement of Tesco Extra in Rutherglen, resulting in the store no longer being authorised to sell National Lottery products.
“However, it’s important to remember that instances of this nature are very rare.
“More than 96 per cent of the UK adult population live or work within two miles of a Lottery terminal.
“Residents in Rutherglen will still be able to buy Lottery tickets at 18 other outlets in the G73 postcode area, helping to add to the £29billion our players have already raised for National Lottery Good Causes.”