Distribution of gambling participants in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2017/2018, by type of gambling activity*

Participation in gambling activities in the UK as of March 2017/18 This survey shows the distribution of gambling participants in the United Kingdom (UK) as of March 2018, by type of gambling activity. Among respondents, 26.8 percent participated in National Lottery draws, whereas 10.4 percent bought scratchcards.
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Share of respondents
National lottery draws26.8%
Another lottery11.1%
Scratchcards10.4%
Sports betting***6.3%
Horse races***5%
Private betting4.5%
Fruit or slot machines4%
Bingo**3%
Casino games****1.5%
Virtual gaming machines in a bookmakers1.4%
Football pools1.4%
Online slot machine style games/instant wins1.1%
Dog races***1%
Any other activity0.7%
Poker at a pub/club0.6%
Betting on other events***0.5%
Spread betting0.3%
Virtual dog or horse races0.2%
Share of respondents
National lottery draws26.8%
Another lottery11.1%
Scratchcards10.4%
Sports betting***6.3%
Horse races***5%
Private betting4.5%
Fruit or slot machines4%
Bingo**3%
Casino games****1.5%
Virtual gaming machines in a bookmakers1.4%
Football pools1.4%
Online slot machine style games/instant wins1.1%
Dog races***1%
Any other activity0.7%
Poker at a pub/club0.6%
Betting on other events***0.5%
Spread betting0.3%
Virtual dog or horse races0.2%
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This survey shows the distribution of gambling participants in the United Kingdom (UK) as of March 2018, by type of gambling activity. Among respondents, 26.8 percent participated in National Lottery draws, whereas 10.4 percent bought scratchcards.
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Release date
April 2018
Region
United Kingdom
Survey time period
March 2017 to March 2018
Age group
18 years and older
Method of interview
Omnibus survey
Supplementary notes
* Source notes survey questions related to respondents' gambling participation in the past four weeks.
** Includes bingo played at a club or online.
*** Includes bets made online, by telephone, or in person, with a bookmaker or a betting exchange.
**** Includes casino games played in a casino or online.

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