World Cup to Boost Gambling - Thursday 1st of June 2006

ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, WAlES As reported by In The News: "Britons will gamble £173 million over the next two months as the long-awaited Fifa World Cup finally kicks off, new research suggests.

"About one-third of adults (6.7 million) will have a flutter during June and July, but the National Lottery remains the UK's most popular way to gamble money, according to friendly society Liverpool Victoria.

"However, gamblers will on average bet more on World Cup matches than they will on the lottery, with individuals expected to wager £33 on the football compared to £27 on lottery tickets.

"Men are still betting significantly more of their earnings than women, with male gamblers staking a quarter of their monthly savings compared to the ten per cent that female gamblers bet..."

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