After intensive lobbying by the gaming industry, the UK Gambling Commission approved the second raise in two years for slots payouts. The maximum bet rose from 50 pence to 1 pound and prizes also doubled from 35 pounds to 70 pounds. The slots machines are located around the country in pubs, clubs and arcades. The rise is expected to generate a 20% increase in revenues for the owners of the machines and an additional 27 million pounds in taxes for the Treasury.