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Spain – Spanish lottery sales increase for fourth year running

By - 26 June 2018

Spanish lottery company Sociedad Estatal Loterías y Apuestas del Estado (SELAE) has announced that it recorded total turnover of €8,917m in 2017 an increase of 1.24 per cent compared to the previous year.

SELAE pointed out that the increase reflected a positive change that began in 2013 so that the cumulative growth rate over the last four years now stands at 4.7 per cent. According to SELAE, “the consolidation of the economic recovery, as well as the strategy of innovation and development of its games, equipment or products in recent years has allowed lottery sales to maintain an upward trend.”

The SELAE confirmed that the National Lottery, EuroMillions and Lototurf all performed particularly well. Sales for the National Lottery increased by 3.4 per cent in 2017. The most popular lottery draw of the year, the Christmas Lottery, increased for the fourth consecutive year increasing by as much as 3.25 per cent reaching €2,760m. Meanwhile, EuroMillions increased its sales by 5.9 per cent to €1,291.6m. On the other hand, La Primitiva Lottery (a lottery which is drawn on Sundays) experienced a decrease of 6.23 per cent, due mainly, to the fact that the product “has already reached its maturity period,” which is why improvements are currently being considered. BonoLoto, which is drawn three times a week, maintained its sales with respect to the previous year (but with a slight decrease of 0.6 per cent) while El Gordo de la Primitiva experienced a decrease of 4.3 per cent.

Its sports betting products Lototurf (a game which combines traditional number draws and horseracing) increased by more than 10 per cent. Its other sports based games decreased: La Quiniela by 10.8 per cent (a football pools game based on eight matches); Quinigol, by 6 per cent (a game where players forecast the number of goals in 6 football games in La Liga) and Quíntuple Plus by 14 per cent (a game based around predicting the outcome of horse races in Spain). As for online sales SELAE said that it had shown a marked increase of 17 per cent in 2017 compared to the previous year, reaching €135 million meaning that its online arm now accounted for up 1.52 per cent of its total sales.

The SELAE is a public business entity created through royal decree in December 2010. It is the world’s second largest gaming company. Since 2011, it has been allowed to offer games via the internet.

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