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    Net revenue from provincial government–run lotteries, video lottery terminals (VLTs), casinos and slot machines not in casinos rose steadily from $2.7 billion in 1992, before levelling off around $13.7 billion in 2007. The total for 2009 was $13.8 billion (excluding Indian reserves and gambling for charities). Employment in the gambling industry (excluding racetracks and casinos) has almost quadrupled, from 11,000 workers in 1992 to 43,000 in 2009.

    In 2009, casinos accounted for 34% of the net revenue; lotteries, 26%; slot machines outside casinos (mainly at racetracks), 21%; and VLTs, 19%. Net revenue from parimutuel betting (horse racing) dropped from $532 million in 1992 to $355 million in 2009.

    Profits from gambling totalled just over $6.7 billion in 2008, or 4.7% of all provincial revenue that year. Average gambling revenue per person aged 18 and older in 2008 ranged from $115 in the three territories to $830 in Saskatchewan, with a national average of $520.

    Chart 16.3 Net revenue from government-run gambling
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