First Time Ever That A Lottery Player Is Banned... And She's An 81-Year-Old Grandmother. But Why?

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Believed to be the first time ever - a Belgium grandmother has been banned from playing the lottery.

The woman's family says that she has been heavily addicted to gambling for many years.

The woman from West Flanders is said to have spent 'a fortune' on scratch cards, the EuroMillions and other lottery tickets.

Her relatives then decided to involve the industry watchdog, Belgium's Gambling Commission.

The woman’s son asked the Gambling Commission to ban her. "I couldn’t see any other option," he said.

The Belgium Gambling Commission's Marjolein De Paepe.

Until now all the people who have been blacklisted were either casino goers or punters gambling online.

The Gambling Commission's Marjolein De Paepe said, "There's a woman who is addicted to National Lottery products. Her relatives have applied for her to be excluded from playing."

It's debatable whether the ban will be of much help, reports the Flanders News. The blacklist is mainly intended for people gambling online or at casinos.

"The gambling commission can hardly ban people from purchasing lottery tickets as this cannot be checked."

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