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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 is sourced from our quarterly telephone survey.

We are improving the way we collect data on adult gambling participation and the prevalence of problem gambling and will be launching the Gambling Survey for Great Britain in 2023. This will impact this metric in the future.

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)
Past four week participation in National Lottery draw based games 29.6% 27.3% 26.3% 28.7%
Past four week participation in National Lottery scratchcards 9.2% 7.7% 6.4% 7.4%
Past four week participation in National Lottery interactive instant win lottery games 2.2% 2.9% 2.5% 3.3%
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