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UK: 'Surprise' over gambling figures

19 Sep 2007

ONDON, England -- As reported by the BBC: "The internet and other new forms of gambling have not led to an increase in people having a flutter since 1999, a Gambling Commission study has found.

"In fact, due to a drop in the National Lottery sales, the numbers of people gambling fell from 72% in 1999 to 68%.

"Commission chairman Peter Dean said more than 99% of adults who gambled did so harmlessly but there were still 250,000 "problem gamblers" in Britain.

"Gordon Brown's spokesman said problem gambling had to be tackled.

"The Gambling Prevalence Study questioned 9,003 people between September 2006 and March 2007 about 17 types of gambling - from scratch cards to casinos.

"...Mr Dean said they had been expecting an increase in the number of gamblers, and the amount of problem gambling.

"'It was something of a surprise, and a relief too,' he told the BBC..."

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