The NC Lottery Today

In an effort to make distinctions between Web-based personal computer gambling and gambling by mobile phones and interactive television, the Gambling Commission in the U.K. put together a report that was the first in a series. One of the key goals, according to the commission, is to measure participation to get a more accurate view of gambling in Britain.

The commission lists these items among key findings of the January 2009 survey:

o 9.7 percent of 8,000 adults surveyed in the U.K. said they had participated in one of the forms of remote gambling in 2008. This compares to 7.2 percent in 2006 and 8.8 percent in 2007.
o The people most likely to take part in remote gambling: males between 18 and 44 years of age
o Most of the people who participated in remote gambling used a personal computer – nearly 3 times more than mobile phone or interactive TV

It’s interesting to note that the consistent increase in participation in the U.K. is primarily due to remote matka access for Britain’s National Lottery. When these lottery players are separated from the other survey respondents, the numbers indicate that 5.2 percent of the people surveyed took part in some form of remote gambling. The bottom line is that, in the U.K., more than 90 percent of the people don’t gamble online or by some other remote means.

The report also separates respondents based on the type of gambling. For example, only 2.4 percent said they bet on horse racing of some type. Just 1.1 percent played bingo from a remote location. Roulette and blackjack were played by 1 percent of the people surveyed.

The commission has also released similar gambling statistics through June 2009. This report shows a few slight differences from the January data.

o 10.2 percent of 8,000 adults surveyed said they participated in some form of remote gambling in the previous month
o Remote gambling on a personal computer continued to be the most popular method (8.6 percent)
o Statistics for various types of games didn’t show any significant changes, as 1.1 percent played blackjack or roulette from a remote location.

In contrast to the low number of people who engage in online, mobile or interactive TV gambling, reports on all gambling for 2007 and 2008 show that 68 percent of the population has tried some form of gambling. This translates to more than 30 million residents. It seems that the National Lottery, live casinos, betting parlors and other forms of in-person gambling are very popular with U.K. residents.

When the study took out the people who only purchased National Lottery tickets, results still show that nearly half of adults have tried gambling of some sort (48 percent). Among those millions of people, 17 percent bet on horse racing and 14 percent played the slots.


Used Houseboats For Sale – Things You Need to Consider

Because of the economic crisis, more and more people resort to buying used homes instead of building or buying a new one. If you already have the money or the amount to spend, the next thing that you need to think of is what type of property you would want. Do you prefer getting an apartment, a farm house, a trailer or a houseboat? If you have chosen the latter, then here are some useful tips before closing a deal.

There are several ways in which you can find used houseboats for sale. You can buy a property finder magazine, ask around or better yet use the internet for your search. All you need to do is type in “used houseboats for sale” and after a few seconds, you will be shown several search results. From there you can narrow your search and check for one that will suit your preference.

Talk with the owner. Check for used engines previous renovations and repairs. Since you are buying a hand-me-down property, it is best to inspect everything before buying. Take the houseboat for a ride. This way you can see if the engine, the shifting, the steering and the brakes are still working as they should be. Water damages and rusts are essential factors that you need to inspect since you are buying a houseboat. Research on how much it would cost you to do such repairs so you can negotiate the price of the house with the previous owner. Call an expert if you are clueless on what to check or investigate on. And lastly, make you sure that what you are buying is worth your money and efforts.


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