Gambling refers to the risking (wagering) of money or valuables on the outcome of a game
contest or other event in the hope of winning additional money or material goods.
There are many forms of popular gambling in the UK these include:
- The National Lottery
- Scratch Cards
- Betting on Horse racing
- Gaming Machines
- Card games (Poker, Bridge, Black Jack)
- Non - sports events
- Roulette (Table Bets)
- FOBT’s (Fixed Odd Betting Terminals)
- Football Pools
- Spread Betting
The gambling industry is extremely lucrative, bringing in an estimated £8.7 Billion a year to the UK, which
amounts to £24 million a day (Gamble Aware) However, the individual and social cost of problematic
gambling is much greater.
It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to gamble in an amusement arcade, on slot
machines, Bookmakers, in a Casino, online or any other form of gambling. The Football Pools
are illegal for anyone under the age of 16. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 16 to be
sold National Lottery tickets or Scratch Cards.