Gambling: This is how much Italians spend


From Giulia Schiro
January 8, 2024 6:42 p.m

They went above and beyond 6.7 million tickets were sold in the 2023 edition of the Italian lottery. One data Increase of 11% compared to the previous year, when around 6 million coupons were redeemed.
The passion of Italians is therefore confirmed not only for this traditional event, but more generally for the pursuit of fortune between betting, lottery games, slot machines, scratch cards, poker, sports betting and online casinos.

Suffice it to say that gambling turnover in Italy has reached 136 billion euros in 2022, as estimated by the Excise, Customs and Monopolies Authority based on the latest available data, In addition, there are 33 billion illegal bets. This means that Italian citizens are spending money more for gambling, around 169 billion or over 7% of the national GDP, than for food (160 billion per year), health (128 billion) or school (52 billion).

Most players are between 18 and 75 years old and may First among the bets that Italians like the most are the classic “scratch cards”, Second and third places are occupied by Superenalotto and sports betting. The regions where the game is most commonly played are Lombardy, Campania, Lazio and Emilia Romagna.
According to the report “The Black Book of Gambling”, developed by Federconsumatori and CGIL in collaboration with the Isscon Foundation, players in the age group of 18 to 74 would, on average, waste money 1,719 euros per year and 18.4 million Italians play at least once a year.

Online gambling primarily attracts young people, including minors, because it means they are less controlled and can play their favorite games anywhere and without time limits (42%), adults 60% and Silver Age 26%.
Speaking of which There was a real boom in online gambling in the period after the pandemic, with an increase in spending of 73 billion euros, an average of around 1,600 euros per month per player. Specifically, there are 3.8 million active players who invested almost 20,000 euros per capita in one year in 2022. Taking into account the adult population living in Italy, according to Istat data, this means that 2,731.68 euros were spent on gambling bets in 2022, an increase of 220% compared to 2006.

Excluding income from private individuals and player winnings, According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, around 15 billion euros flowed into the state treasury in 2022. This figure is estimated to be at least three times higher than in Germany, France, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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