The gambling industry in Germany has experienced an unexpected boom in the past 3 years. Between 2012 and 2015, the income of vending machine operators has risen by a whopping half a billion euros a year: to as much as 5.8 billion euros a year. This is the result of a study by the renowned Munich-based ifo Institute, as reported by the news magazine “Der Spiegel”. The study also shows that players gamble ten times as much money at machines as in casinos. And according to the Spiegel report, this is still cautiously expressed.
So far one billion euros less per year had been assumed
In a previous calculation, the experts at the ifo Institute had assumed just under one billion euros less than the operators had collected in the specified period. The Institute based these figures on the data it received from the various companies. The now again submitted numbers refer to the actually announced value added tax of the enterprises concerned.
Sofortlotterien in the upwind
Ebenfalls was found out in the recent past that the national Lotterien like Lotto 6 from 49 are in a small crisis. Fewer and fewer players are at work here. Rising numbers, on the other hand, can be reported by instant lotteries. This includes, for example, scratch tickets, where players can see immediately after purchase whether they have won or not.
The number of addiction treatments increases by 5 percent in a year
What has a positive effect on the numbers of companies, however, has a negative effect on customers according to the opinion of the gaming addiction expert Gerhard Meyer from Bremen. Thus the demand for treatments due to play addiction in the ambulatory advisory centres rose within only one year by whole 5 per cent.