We expect national gambling will beat 2018 records by 5%," says Spain's Minister of Finances María Jesús Montero amidst presentation of the 2019 General Budget. The event also featured Undersecretary of Finance Pilar Paneque, Secretary of Expenses and Budget María José Gualda, and Secretary of Finance Inés Bardón.
Behind this move is the Government's desire to restore confidence in the national institutions. Minister Montero also asked for "responsibility" from all parties.
"The budget review at the Lower House sets the perfect time for a calm and frank debate, and we trust that every player will be able to share their views in the process," Montero said. The Minister of Finance was convinced that the new budget will pave the way towards "building a fairer country and the best dam that can be raised against extremism."
If the new budget is implemented, the Association of State Lotteries (SELAE) might be looking at a 1,863 million euro collection, a figure that represents a 5% increase (85 million) versus 2018 figures (1,778 million euros).