Lithuania’s parliament is considering a new proposal to raise the minimum age for gambling from 18 to 21. The proposal, part of the Seimas’ 2024 agenda, will be voted on by ministers later this year.
If passed, the new measure will apply to both retail and digital gambling. It will also include new restrictions and ID requirements to prevent individuals under 21 from participating in gambling activities.
The proposal to raise the age limit was put forward by Jurgita Sejonienė, a member of Lithuania’s Homeland Union Party. She believes that the age limit should be aligned with the country’s stricter gambling laws.
The measure received unanimous initial approval and will be decided upon by the Seimas by July 2024. Currently, individuals over 18 are allowed to gamble in Lithuania, with the exception of entering and playing at casinos, which is prohibited for those under 21.
The new measure will also extend the ban to online gambling, allowing only those above the age of 21 to participate in real-money games. However, the legal age limit for participating in the national lottery will remain at 18+.
Despite the proposed changes, Lithuania has already introduced stricter ID check requirements for lottery retailers to ensure that participants are of legal age.
In addition to raising the age limit, Lithuania has also increased gambling licensing fees as part of its efforts to create a stricter regulatory framework. This was implemented on July 27, 2023.
The country has also been enforcing its regulations, as seen in the case of TopSport, which violated self-exclusion rules by allowing a barred individual to play. As a result, the operator was fined $27,000.
Overall, Lithuania is aiming to tighten its regulations around gambling and create a safer environment for individuals to participate in such activities.