If you’re a fan of facts and figures, you’ll love learning about some of the lesser-known statistics in the world of online bingo.
The industry is fast-paced and constantly evolving, and so are players’ requirements.
In this article, we look at both how and where we prefer to play, what games we rate the highest, and how the average age of players is changing.
Recent surveys show that 80% of online bingo players are aged between 35 and 64 which is similar to previous years.
Although people are becoming more tech-savvy over time, only 4% of players are 65 or older which is possibly because many UK pensioners still prefer to play in person at their local bingo hall.
Yet the age group that you might expect to spend the most time online – the 18 to 24-year olds – only make up 1% of the online bingo player base.
In 2014, only 15% of online bingo players were male, yet within the past six years, the number of men playing has increased to 22%.
And while middle-aged women still make up the majority of players, the record for the biggest win ever recorded at an online bingo site is held by a (then) 60-year-old man who was awarded £5.9m by a progressive jackpot slot in 2012.
The flexibility that mobile devices offer has seen a marked increase in the number of players choosing to enjoy online bingo on smartphones and tablets in the past year.
Back in 2018, only 18% of people played exclusively on their mobiles but by 2019, the number rose to 25%, and only 6% of us play solely on a desktop.
There has also been a 5% increase over the last year in the number of players splitting their time across multiple devices.
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It’s estimated that around 3.5 million people in the UK choose to play online bingo. However, it would appear that we’re not playing as frequently as we used to.
22% of those surveyed say that they play “once in a while” and 29% confess to playing daily. But just a year earlier, 44% of the survey respondents were playing every day.
2019’s figures indicate that more of us are opting for shorter sessions than in previous years, with 10% of people playing for less than 30 minutes as opposed to 6.5% in 2018.
However, a third of players report that their average session time is between half an hour and an hour, and another third play for 1 to 2 hours.
Bingo jackpots vary in size from a few pounds to hundreds of thousands of pounds, and they are usually tied to the ticket price and the number of people playing.
The biggest win in the UK on an online bingo game was claimed by Gill O from Nottingham back in May 2012. The lucky lady paid 25p for her ticket and scooped an incredible £510,049 when she won the bingo room’s progressive jackpot.
The joy of online bingo sites is that they offer their members way more than just bingo. However, most players (57%) still choose to use their budget for bingo games.
Slots are second-most popular pastime followed by casino games such as roulette, blackjack, and video poker. Finally, last year, just 1% of players said that they prefer to play slingo and scratch cards.
Surveys show that players are becoming more loyal to online bingo brands over the past two years, with the number of people owning more than ten accounts dropping from 22% in 2017 to 5% in 2019.
Around 28% of players choose to stick with just one bingo site while just over 40% split their time between two and five different brands.
We hope that we’ve given you an interesting insight into bingo players’ preferences and playing habits, and perhaps raised the question of whether you follow the norm, or are an atypical player! Here at Foxy Bingo, we’re always improving the range of online slot games that our members can enjoy and helping you discover new ways to play such as on mobile devices. So, make sure you check out our latest and greatest bingo, Slingo, casino, and slot games today!
|# of accounts||% of players|
|One site only||28%|
|2 - 5 sites||40.5%|
|6 - 10 sites||21.5%|
|11 - 15 sites||5%|