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30/07/2021

Lottery tickets and scratch cards most common form of gambling according to new survey

Problem gambling is most common in young males

Lottery tickets and scratch cards most common form of gambling according to new survey

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The first ever set of data on the extent of gambling in Ireland was published today and shows that the most common form of gambling is on lottery tickets or scratch cards, with 56.7% reporting this form of gambling in the last year, and 35.4% reporting this form of gambling on a monthly or more frequent basis. 

While the results are not county specific they will provide a baseline of data to assist in policy formulation and future planning and action on gambling.

The results were published today by the Minister of State for Health Promotion and the National Drug Strategy, Catherine Byrne TD and the Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton TD.

Those aged 55-64 are most likely to report gambling in the last year (72.4%), followed by 35-44 year old's (70.5%) and 45-54 year old's (69.4%). 

Almost one in ten 15-17 year old's bought a lottery ticket or scratch card in the last year, and 9.4% placed a bet at a horse or dog-racing meeting. 

The prevalence of all gambling in the last year was highest among those in middle management senior civil servants, managers and owners of own business (71.4%), and lowest among semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers, trainees and apprentices (60.4%). 

Gambling online or by telephone is most prevalent in the 25-34 year old group (5.7%), followed by 18-24 year old's (4.8%). 

Males have a higher prevalence of problem gambling than females (1.4% vs. 0.2%). 

The prevalence of problem gambling in the general population was 0.8% and problem gambling is most common in young males (2.9% in males aged 25-34 and 1.9% in males aged 18-24).  The prevalence of problem gambling in females is less than 1% in all age groups. 

The fieldwork for the survey was carried out between August 2014 and August 2015 and the final achieved sample comprised of 7,005 respondents nationwide. The initial results of the next survey, covering the period 2018/19, are expected within the next 12 months. 

The Department of Justice and Equality contributed to the cost of the survey and will continue to do so for the 2018/2019 survey. 

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