John Smith has been pondering the role of the internet in the sale of lottery tickets to the under-aged. He writes from Rockland St Mary PO in Norfolk: “We had a visit from Camelot with one of their underage testers just before the lottery closed at 7.30pm. Don’t get me wrong. I am not against underage checks, whether it is lottery, drink or whatever, and the staff member played it by the book and asked for ID and refused to sell the youngster a Lotto ticket. We subsequently got a congratulatory letter from Camelot, which alerted us officially to the fact we had been tested.”

But he asks: “What is to stop that youngster using a debit card to purchase a Lotto ticket on the internet or mobile phone? Where is the policing of this aspect? Is there any at all?”

I put the point to Camelot via email and not only did I have them on the phone pronto, but it turns out that there are shedloads of checks in place.

After congratulating the store for passing the test, the spokesman assured me that Camelot doesn’t use underage kids they just look younger, all the better to reflect the real world where kids might try it on.

Insofar as online purchases go, a punter no matter what their age has to set up an account. Then a process called Interactive Age Check (or IAC), a recognised accreditation scheme, takes place to verify the age of the cardholder. There are in fact a whole raft of verification checks, using third-party agencies such as Experian.

While I didn’t know what checks Camelot had in place, I’m not surprised by it. Camelot has to be clean as a whistleor it’s game over.