The Italian gambling market shrugged off the recession last year, delivering a 14.4% rise in wagers to €54.4 billion according to the latest figures from regulator AAMS. Bets during December 2009 reached €5.36 billion and included €2.65 billion on slot machines and €921 million on scratchcards.
December's numbers boosted the percentage increase for the year beyond the 12.96 increase recorded in the first 11 months, and were higher than the previous (November) month's €4.604 billion.
Lottomatica reported scratchcard increases up 35% on November, and lotto wagering up 22% to €536 million. Sisal also reported buoyant conditions, with the SuperEnalotto game revenues rising 8% to €335 million over November statistics.
SNAI reported that punters were also keen on horse racing, where wagers rose 7% to €166 million.
Source: InfoPowa News