A MUM has spoken of her shock after her nine-year-old son was served a lottery ticket.
Kieron Taylor went into the Morrisons Local in Brockhurst Road, Gosport, with £1 and was able to buy a Health Lottery ticket.
It has really infuriated me that he has been served. It shouldn’t have happenedDeborah Taylor
The youngster, from Hill Park Road in Gosport, was wearing his school uniform at the time he purchased it.
The legal age to buy a lottery ticket is 16.
His mum Deborah, 30, said: ‘He went down to the shop with £1 to buy himself some sweets but he bought himself a lottery ticket instead.
‘He had his school uniform on. He came running through the door saying “I’ve just bought a lottery ticket”.
‘I didn’t believe him at first. I thought he had just picked a ticket up off the floor.
‘I’m absolutely fuming. He’s on the autistic spectrum.
‘It’s really infuriated me that he has been served. It shouldn’t have happened.
‘It’s like cigarettes or alcohol. You aren’t allowed to buy them because it damages your health.
‘Gambling is just as addictive.’
Deborah said it’s difficult because her son doesn’t understand why it’s a problem, but added that she has spoken to him about what happened.
‘He seems quite pleased with himself,’ she added.
‘I’m very shocked. His dad has been away for a while and has just come back and he’s very angry about it too.
‘I thought that the staff were trained.
‘I think they can get a very big fine for serving someone underage.’
Deborah said she got in touch with Morrisons and that the company has confirmed an investigation is taking place.
‘I’m annoyed about it,’ she added.
‘They should have more training.
‘He doesn’t look old enough to buy a lottery ticket.
‘He looks his age. He looks nine – 10 at a push.
‘I hope that Morrisons give me an apology.
‘I think more training needs to be done.
‘Next time it could be cigarettes or alcohol. They are all addictive.’
A Morrisons spokeswoman said: ‘We take the sale of any age restricted products very seriously and we are investigating this matter.’