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UK Gambling on the increase

Last Updated: Wednesday 16th February 2011, 08:28 am

National LotteryNo one could have failed to notice the popularity of the Lotto since it launched in 1994, and since then the Euromillions Lottery has increased player numbers too. Add to that, how easy it is to play scratchcards online and gamble too, it’s little wonder that figures have shown that UK gambling is on the increase. In the last twelve months, 73% of the UK’s adult population had gambled in some way, with the biggest proportion of that coming from the sale of lottery tickets.

While the figure from the Gambling Commission is high, it only takes the levels back to where they were in 1999 when the figure was 72%, but is much higher than the 68% reported in the last study, done in 2007.

The survey revealed that of the 73% of people in the UK who had gambled in one form or another in the last year, 59% of them had bought lottery tickets for either the Lotto or Euromillions Lottery draws. This is only slightly higher than the 59% recorded in 2007, but much lower than the 65% recorded in 1999. This may be due to the explosion in online gambling, with casinos and online bingo sites now taking a bigger share of the market than before.

While the news might not be great for problem gamblers, who make up 0.9% of the population, it is good for those of us who do like to play the lottery. The more players, the bigger the jackpot and with more new draws launched such as the Lotto Plus 5, even more players might find themselves coming back to the National Lottery.

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