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Maltese spent USD 139.2M on gambling in 2015 - survey

Maltese spent USD 139.2M on gambling in 2015 - survey
According to a study conducted by the local gaming authority between 2015 and 2016, the national lottery was the most popular type of gambling followed by gaming parlours.
Malta | 06/22/2017

According to a study conducted by the local gaming authority between 2015 and 2016, the national lottery was the most popular type of gambling followed by gaming parlours.

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he study was released by Parliamentary Secretary for the Digital Economy Silvio Schembri and MGA chairman Joseph Cuschieri.

“This survey should help all stakeholders to shape policies based on scientific data rather than impressions or myths, creating a more informed debate about the economic and social effects of gambling in Malta,” Mr Cuschieri said.

“The survey also gives size and scale to the potential gambling addiction problems in Malta.”

Schembri assured the report shows how the gambling sector has become an established part of Maltese culture.

While stressing that this should not be seen in a solely negative light, Mr Schembri highlighted the importance of regulation, which he said was capable of offering effective protection to vulnerable users.

Among a sample of 1000 people, around 46% engage in ‘free gaming’, including internet games and free-to-play digital games.

Only one to two per cent of gamblers felt their behaviour had a negative effect on their lives. A similar amount were found to spend as much as 60 per cent of their income on gambling.

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