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Guernsey scratch card revenue up 21%

Last year, the Channel Islands Lottery generated £13 million in card sales. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Sales of lottery scratch cards in Guernsey increased by 21% in 2018, latest figures show.

Last year, the Channel Islands Lottery generated £13 million in card sales in the island, government accounts show.

The States of Guernsey has been criticised for earning money out of the sales, which pay for the running of Beau Sejour Leisure Centre.

Proceeds from the Christmas lottery draw also go to local charities.

Scratch cards were a "very popular" form of gambling in Guernsey due to the frequency of prizes paid out, the States Trading Supervisory Board said in its 2018 Channel Islands Lottery 2018 accounts.

Growth in sales were greatest among £10 scratch cards, which increased 104% on 2017.

The highest number of sales came in £5 scratch cards, which generated £5.4m.

Guernsey's government is conducting an assessment of problem gambling locally, due to be completed by the end of 2019.