Gambling is getting steadily more popular in the UK, according to new figures from the Gambling Commission.
In a series of surveys conducted by ICM Research over the year to March, an average of 58.1 percent of adults said they had participated in at least one form of gambling in the previous four weeks. That was up on the rates for calendar 2011 (57.3 percent), 2010 (55.5 percent) and 2009 (55.2 percent).
The most popular gambling activity was National Lottery tickets (48 percent of respondents), followed by National Lottery scratch-cards (13 percent).
Those participating in gambling were more likely to be male than female, and were more likely to be aged over 45.
12.2 percent of consumers had participated in remote gambling, although around half of these only used National Lottery games. Indeed, with the Lottery excluded, online gambling actually declined: just 5.4 percent had used non-Lottery Internet gaming services, down from 6.1 percent in 2011. Online participation had grown consistently to that peak level of involvement over five years.
3.4 percent had used fruit or slot machines, slightly down on last year’s figure but up on both 2009 and 2010.
2.7 percent had placed a bet with a high street bookmaker, a larger proportion than in any of the last three full years and 50 percent up on 2009.
2.5 percent had bet online with a bookmaker, again the highest figure for the last three full years.
However, only 1.5 percent had used gaming machines in a bookmaker’s shop, down from 1.8 percent in the last two years and 2.5 percent in 2009.
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