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The Irish Spend €150 Million on Scratch Cards in 2010

The Irish are a betting nation that enjoys all forms of gambling in a legal and regulated environment for over 50 years.

In 1956 the Irish government introduced into law the Gaming and Lotteries Act that saw the legalization of brick and mortar casinos and betting shops that have popped up all over the nation like mushrooms after the rain.

For the past 50 years Irish people from all walks of life have been able to enjoy playing casino games, making wagers on their favorite sporting events and enjoy a wide array of state-lottery games including the national and European lottery, scratch cards, bingo and keno.

Casinos in Ireland must operate as private members clubs otherwise they are deemed illegal. Therefore all casinos require punters to register and become members before they are able to play gambling games in the establishment.

This stipulation has prevented big gambling companies from setting up casinos in the country and kept the casino industry at a local level to the benefit and security of players.

Gambling has been on a constant rise in the country so while in the beginning of the new millennium the Irish spent €1.6 billion on gambling by 2006 that figure grew to €3.6.

The financial crisis of 2008 has caused minor stagnation but the figures appear to be on the rise again. It was reported that in 2010 Irish punters spent €750 on lottery games with €150 of it being spent on scratch cards games.

It seems that the Irish will always desire hitting that big jackpot and with gambling winnings being exempt from all forms of taxation the prospect of hitting a major jackpot of a life-altering amount of money is still something the Irish aspire to.

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