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National Lottery participation rates

Participation rates are an indicator of the health of the National Lottery and are important both in respect of our duty to ensure players are protected, and in respect of our duty to ensure that returns to good causes are maximised.

The data from 2023 onwards is taken from our Gambling Survey for Great Britain, which provides regular information about the gaming, betting and playing habits, attitudes and harms experienced across the adult population in Great Britain. Previously, our data was sourced from our quarterly telephone survey.

National Lottery participation rates

National Lottery participation rates.
Game type Year to December 2019 (percentage) Year to December 2020 (percentage) Year to December 2021 (percentage) Year to December 2022 (percentage) Year to December 2023 (percentage)
Past four week participation in National Lottery draw based games 29.6% 27.3% 26.3% 28.7% 31.3%
Past four week participation in National Lottery scratchcards 9.2% 7.7% 6.4% 7.4% 11.8%
Past four week participation in National Lottery interactive instant win lottery games 2.2% 2.9% 2.5% 3.3% 5.7%
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