Based on recent research, two-thirds or 69% of adult Victorians participated in some form of gambling.
During this time, the top five most popular forms of gambling were:
Lottery tickets: 44%
Raffle tickets: 37%
Horse racing Melbourne Cup, Spring Racing: 19.8%
Scratch Tickets 11.2%
Why the gambling harm prevention is important
Relationship harm is the most common type of harm from gambling. It is a quarter of all gambling harm experienced by Victorians.
Relationship harm includes neglect of responsibilities, conflict, threats to end a relationship and the actual ending of a relationship.
Health problems account for one-fifth of gambling harm in Victoria. They include stress, reduced sleep due to worry, depression and anxiety disorders.
Emotional or psychological distress accounts for 18.6 per cent of gambling harm in Victoria.
Financial problems account for 15.6 per cent of gambling harm in Victoria.
The three main types of criminal activity connected with gambling harm are crimes of negligence such as child neglect (for example, leaving children unattended in venue car parks), crimes such as drug trafficking or prostitution to repay debts, and crimes of opportunity such as theft and fraud to fund gambling.