or the twelve months to March, 9.9 % of the respondents said that they had participated in at least one form of gambling through a computer, mobile phone or interactive/digital television. This compares to 9.7 % for the 2008 calendar year, 8.8 % for 2007 and 7.2 % for 2006.
However, over 90 % of those surveyed stated that they had not participated in any form of remote gambling while the Gambling Commission put the growth down to increased online participation in the National Lottery.
The Gambling Commission revealed that 5.6 percent of respondents had participated in remote gambling in the year to March 2009 if the National Lottery is excluded, which is the same proportion as 2008. Overall, it stated that 7.5 % of those surveyed stated that they had gambled remotely on National Lottery tickets in the previous month either only or in addition to other types of gambling activity.
Sportsbetting was revealed as the second most popular area of remote gambling after the National Lottery at 2.6 %, which was increase over 2.4 % for 2006 and 2007. Poker was fourth at 1.8 %, which was a miniscule rise over the previous twelve months, behind National Lottery scratch cards followed by other lotteries at 1.6 %.
Once again, the Gambling Commission stated that those participating in remote gambling were more likely to be male between the ages of 18 to 44 while online gambling through a computer, laptop or handheld device remained the most popular at 8.2 %. This was followed by remote gambling via a mobile phone at 2.8 % while 2.1 % of those that had gambled remotely stated that they had done so using interactive/digital television.