Lottery spokeswoman Sofie Van den Busche told the paper that the figures include all levels of severity from mild addiction to problematic behaviour requiring medical attention.
However, speaking of the Tomas De Soete show on VRT radio’s Studio Brussel, Ms Van den Bussche added that the risk of becoming addicted to scratch cards was much greater than the risk of becoming addicted to the lottery.
The lottery spokeswoman added that "We are doing all wee can as regards prevention.”
"The National Lottery has a website and provides training to sellers of it products via the Lottery Academy.
“They are taught how to detect signs of addiction and how to act upon them.”