UK gambling participation has dropped significantly over the past three years as players shy away from entering National Lottery draws, according to a survey by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

The survey reveals that the industry may be developing an image problem, with the perception of gambling worsening since 2008. In total 45 per cent of those that have gambled in the past 12 months agree with the statement that gambling is fair and can be trusted, down from 61 per cent in 2008, with just 27 per cent of non-gamblers agreeing with the same statement.

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