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Gambling Expenditure Statistics show the amount lost by gamblers (operator’s profits) for 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 2010-2016.

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. The Department takes no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of these statistics.

Gamblers spent $118 million more in FY 2015/16

Gamblers in New Zealand spent $2209 million dollars on the four main forms of gambling in the 2015/16 financial year (2016), 5.6 per cent more than the previous year, according to figures compiled by the Department.

Reported Gambling Expenditure 2009/10 to 2015/16
Actual dollars (non-inflation adjusted) for gambling operators' financial year-end.
2009/10
$m
2010/11
$m
2011/12
$m
2012/13
$m
2013/14
$m
2014/15
$m
2015/16
$m
NZ RACING BOARD (TAB)
$278
$273
$283
$294
$310
$325
$342
NZ LOTTERIES COMMISSION
$347
$404
$419
$432
$463
$420
$437
GAMING MACHINES (outside Casinos)
$849
$856
$854
$827
$806
$818
$843
CASINOS
$440
$448
$483
$490
$486
$527
$586
TOTAL
$1,914
$1,982
$2,038
$2,042
$2,065
$2,091
$2,209

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

Adjusting for the effects of both inflation and changes to New Zealand’s adult population (18 years and older), we find that gambling expenditure increased by 2.6 per cent, from an average of $601 per person in 2015 to $616 per person in 2016. The overall trend for the seven years of the series, however, is generally downward from the series high of $645 per person in 2010.

An estimated $654 million, (equal to 29.6 per cent of total expenditure) was distributed to a variety of community purposes from gambling proceeds.
  • TAB made racing distributions and national sporting organisation grants totalling $143 million;
  • The Lottery Grants Board distributed $182 million across a range of sectors, including sports, culture, health and community services;
  • Non-casino gaming machine trusts raised an estimated $275 million for authorised purposes;
  • Non-casino gaming machine clubs raised an estimated $49 million for club purposes; and,
  • Casinos paid just over $5 million to their community trusts.
Gambling expenditure up in FY 2015/16 (press release 23 February 2017)

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