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Summary of data sources

We collect data to produce our industry statistics from many sources. These include regulatory returns, society lottery submissions and data from the National Lottery licence holder.

Regulatory returns

Regulatory returns are quarterly or annual returns submitted by operators for each licence activity they hold, reporting operational and financial activity.

We require remote (online), non-remote (land-based) casino and large betting licence holders to submit quarterly returns. All other licensees submit annual returns.

These are submitted to us using eServices online.

Quarterly returns need to be submitted within 28 days of the end of the quarter. For example, a return for the period of 1 January to 31 March must be submitted by 28 April.

Annual returns must be submitted within 42 days of the reporting year. For example, a return for the period 1 January to 31 December must be submitted by 11 February.

Society lotteries and local authority lotteries

Society lotteries or local authorities who run lotteries submit their data each time they hold a lottery.

This information is submitted to us using eServices online within 90 days of a lottery draw being made, or when the last scratchcard of a lottery is sold.

Where our statistics cover

Our Gambling Industry Statistics cover data on gambling products and services provided to customers in Great Britain. Since 1 November 2014, This includes gambling businesses based overseas offering gambling to customers in Great Britain. The statistics do not include data for Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, which are separate regulatory jurisdictions. The exception is National Lottery data, which covers sales to customers based in Northern Ireland.

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