Health Ministry forecasts growth in most forms of gambling


The Health Ministry’s problem gambling strategy forecast that spending on lottery games will rise 8 percent between 2012 and 2016 due to bigger jackpots attracting interest. The report said wagering on racing and sports betting would rise 6.6 percent while casino spending would grow just 2.3 percent. Spending on gambling machines in pubs, the country’s main form of gambling, is expected to fall slightly to $849 million a year from $854 million in the last fiscal year.