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Statistics and research release

Statistics on participation and problem gambling for the year to June 2022: Official statistics

Findings from the quarterly telephone survey: Statistics on participation and problem gambling for the year to June 2022.

Official statistics


The Gambling Survey for Great Britain (GSGB) now gathers the latest data on gambling behaviours.

This statistical release covers the quarterly gambling participation and problem gambling prevalence data for the year to June 2022.

The data being released today is based on the Gambling Commission’s quarterly telephone survey conducted by Yonder Consulting. A nationally representative sample of 4,018 adults aged 16 and over were interviewed via telephone in September 2021, December 2021, March 2022 and June 2022. Further details on the quarterly telephone survey methodology can be found on the front cover of the main publication.

Key facts

  • In year to June 2022, overall participation in any gambling activity (in the last four weeks) remained statistically stable at 43% (compared to year to June 2021).
  • In year to June 2022, the in-person gambling participation rate remained statistically stable at 25%, although significantly below the pre-pandemic level (compared to year to June 2021).
  • The online gambling participation rate remained statistically stable at 26% (compared to year to June 2021).
  • The overall headline problem gambling rate as measured by the short form PGSI is statistically stable at 0.2%. The moderate risk and low risk rates are also statistically stable at 1.0% and 1.5% respectively (compared to year to June 2021).


Reflections on the data

  • following two years of disruption and restrictions as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, overall gambling participation remains lower than pre-coronavirus levels, especially in relation to the proportion of people gambling in person
  • latest data for 2022 indicates that people are starting to return to in person activities including bingo, horse races and casino games, however, current participation rates remain below pre-pandemic levels
  • the proportion of people gambling online has remained stable in this latest data release compared to the previous year, although the long-term trend continues to show steady growth, like many other sectors. Contributing to this long term trend has been people buying National Lottery tickets online instead of in shops.


This publication is primarily for anyone who has an involvement or interest in the gambling industry including government, licensed operators, trade bodies, international regulators, journalists, academic researchers, financial institutions, statisticians, consumers and local authorities.

About the status of official statistics.

We intend to publish the next quarterly participation and prevalence statistics in October 2022.

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