The Department of Internal Affairs released the following message today regarding gambling expenditure during the 2013/14 financial year:
Small increase in gambling expenditure in FY 2013/14
Gamblers in New Zealand spent $2091 million dollars on the four main forms of gambling in the 2013/14 financial year, $19 million (0.9 per cent) more than the previous year, according to figures compiled by the Department of Internal Affairs. They spent more on racing, sport and lotteries; but less in casinos and on pub and club pokies.
When adjusted for inflation total gambling expenditure in 2014 declined by almost 20 per cent from a peak recorded in 2004 ($2610 million real dollars).
Communities benefited from an estimated $613 million, or 29 per cent of gambling expenditure, for various purposes.
In addition, gambling operators pay a levy from their profits to meet the costs of an integrated problem gambling strategy – estimated to be $54 million (GST exclusive) for the current 2013-16 levy period.
Details are available on the Department’s website (dia.govt.nz) under Gambling Expenditure Statistics