Less Brits gambling despite rise of online casinos

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online-poker.gifA question for you: are more or less people in the UK gambling now than in 1999? Bear in mind that since then, the entire industry of online gambling has sprung up, mushroomed, and lured millions of us into its clammy embrace (so we’re told, anyway).

It’s more, right? Wrong. According to a new study by the Gambling Commission, 72% of Brits gambled in 1999, compared to 68% now. Bear in mind this includes stuff like scratch cards and the national lottery, as well as sports betting, slot machines and casinos.

The drop is mainly due to people growing disenchanted with the National Lottery: although 57% of us are still hopeful enough to buy tickets, that figure was 65% in 1999. In the last year, just 6% said they’d used the internet to gamble.

(via BBC News)

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