New report shows Canadian revenues grow dramatically
A new Statistics Canada report shows revenues from lotteries, casinos, slot machines and video lottery terminals in Canada increased to $13.6 billion in 2007 from $2.7 billion in 1992. The 2007 revenues were up from $13.3 billion in 2006.
As reported in the Vancouver Sun, the average Canadian spent $524 gambling last year, ranging from a low of $121 in the territories to a high of $890 in Alberta, followed by Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
One in seven men and women living alone say they tried their luck at casinos, slot machines or VLTs. Men paid out almost four times as much as women, at $1,667 compared to $446 in 2006. Overall, 73 percent of households said they engaged in some type of gambling activity.