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Gambling Expenditure Statistics show the amount spent on the four main types of gambling activity – TAB racing and sports betting, NZ Lotteries products, gaming machines (outside casinos), and casino gambling – between the financial years ending 2010-2015.

The data tables must be read in conjunction with the explanations found on the final tab/page of each document linked below.

Totals may differ from the sum of column entries due to rounding. The Gambling Expenditure Statistics are compiled using information from the Electronic Monitoring System and gambling operators. Gambling operators have reviewed their previous years' data and, where necessary, have provided more up-to-date information. Please disregard previously released gambling expenditure statistics. The Department takes no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of these statistics.

Gamblers spent $25.5 million more in FY 2014/15

Gamblers in New Zealand spent $2091 million dollars on the four main forms of gambling in the 2014/15 financial year (2015), 1.2 per cent more than the previous year, according to figures compiled by the Department.

Reported Gambling Expenditure 2009/10 to 2014/15
Actual dollars (non-inflation adjusted) for gambling operators' financial year-end.
GAMING MACHINES (outside Casinos)

Totals may differ from the sum of column entries due to rounding.

These statistics (for 2009/10 to 2014/15) differ from those previously published (for 2009/10 to 2013/14) after discrepancies were revealed during internal checks. Gambling operators reviewed their previous years' data and, where necessary, provided more up-to-date information.

When we adjust for inflation, we can see that gambling behaviour has varied only slightly over the past six years, ranging from a low of $2,060 million in 2011 to a high of $2,099 in 2012.

An estimated $655 million, (31.4 per cent of total expenditure) was distributed to a variety of community purposes from gambling proceeds.
  • The New Zealand Racing Board allocated $140 million, mostly to support racing club activities and infrastructure
  • Approximately $201 million of Lottery Grants Board funding was distributed across a range of sectors, including sports, culture, health and community services;
  • Non-casino gaming machine trusts raised an estimated $260 million for authorised purposes;
  • Non-casino gaming machine clubs raised an estimated $50 million for own purposes; and,
  • Casinos paid just over $4 million to their community trusts.
Gambling expenditure up in FY 2014/15 (press release 24 February 2016)

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