According to the latest statistics released by the UK Gambling Commission, the number of Brits who participate in gambling has risen slightly in the past year. Fifty six percent of the respondents who participated in a survey revealed that they had taken part in at least one form of gambling in the past month which was up 1 percent from the same time in 2013.
The number of online gamblers rose by 1 per cent to 16 per cent year on year while 71 per cent of gamblers revealed that they had gambled at land based establishments in the past four weeks.
If online lottery was not included then the number of respondents who participate in online gambling rose from 9 percent to 10 per cent compared to March last year.
The UK Gambling Commission 2014 survey also revealed that the National Lottery is still the most popular form of entertainment in the country. However, there was a drop in participants from 43 per cent in 2013 to 41 per cent in 2014. The fact that 46 percent of respondents participated in the lottery in 2012 may be cause for worry.
The second most popular form of entertainment in the UK is other types of lotteries (13%), which is followed by Scratch Cards (10%) with the numbers in both cases remaining unchanged from 2014.
The best result comes from the horse racing sector with the number climbing from 4 per cent last year to 7 per cent in March this year.