The UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported an increase in the average amount British households spent on gambling during 2012.
In its Family Spending Report, the ONS said that an average of £3.20 (€3.80/5.25) was spent on gambling each week in 2012, an increase of 50p on the previous year.
The gambling figure was more than the average British household amount spent a week on going to the cinema, concerts, theme parks, museums and the theatre combined.
The report revealed that all areas in the UK lost money on gambling, apart from the north west of England where each household won an average of £4 a week with an outlay of £3.50. The ONS put this down to a number of very large winners in the area.
Northern Ireland lost the most money gambling, with households having paid an £4.10 a week to win an average of just £1.50.
ONS said the highest spend was on housing, fuel and power, followed by recreation and culture.