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The UK's Camelot lottery group has announced that they've stopped selling £10 scratch cards from retail stores given concerns that they can encourage gambling addiction.
The operator has instructed their partner stores to pull the cards from circulation, leaving £5 cards as the highest stakes that players can get their hands on. The decision to pull the cards came after research showed that £10 cards were the most popular for problem gamblers. Camelot claims that addiction rates are low for lottery products, but that "player protection has always underpinned the way we run the National Lottery."
Gaming regulator the UK Gambling Commission may have been involved in the decision to pull the game, as they say that they have evidence that £10 scratch cards aren't consistent with it being a legitimate leisure activity, given the higher number of addiction tied to them.
Scratch cards are big business in the UK, as Camelot reported that the games generated £3.12 billion in sales in the past year.
No comment from Camelot was available as of press time.