According to the Regional Council of Navarra a total of €342.19m in 2017 was gambled on lotteries, slot machines and sports betting increasing 5.16 per cent compared to 2016.
At the same time the tax treasury of Navarre received a record total of €10m in fees derived from privately run gaming.
In what was a banner year for the industry slot machines continued to be the most popular form of gambling with spend standing at €127.8m last year – an increase of (5.25 per cent), while locals gambled €74m via sports betting terminals.
Spending on this vertical showed a very impressive increase of 73.87 per cent in the period 2013-2017 (increasing from €42.56m) while the total played via slots grew in the same period by 8.07 per cent (growing from €118.26m to €127.80m).
As for bingos, this decreased slightly by 1.13 per cent from €14.85m to €14.68m in 2017. Meanwhile lottery games managed by public lottery business entity The Sociedad Estatal Loterías y Apuestas del Estado (SELAE) attracted €107.79m from Navarrese players last year (up 2.74 per cent), while it stood at €17.92m for games managed by the ONCE lottery (the lottery in aid of the blind) which increased by 2.4 per cent.
The Annual Gaming Report in Navarra, which was prepared by the Security Policy Development Service of the General Directorate of the Interior, showed that after dropping in the midst of the economic crisis to €281.3m in 2012, gaming continued its expansion last year with the average amount played by each adult now standing at €654 – €30 more when compared to 2016.