Regardless of last year’s months-very long lockdown, staggering new figures show the losses have gotten worse.
9News spoke to Oscar, 68, who admitted he was a compulsive gambler who experienced lost “maybe $200,000” on the pokies.
“It’s worse than heroin or cocaine or liquor,” he said.
In March, gamblers in the western suburb of Brimbank set much more than $14.6 million by way of the pokies – the most in Melbourne.
In the previous 10 yrs, the people today of Brimbank Shire have missing a collective $1 billion on the pokies, which Mayor Georgina Papafotiou mentioned was “immoral and mistaken”.
She reported the council experienced no affect in excess of sector regulation, and is contacting on the state authorities to step in with robust motion.
“When 12 per cent of your earnings in government (that) you can increase will come from pokies there is far too significantly straightforward cash for the point out treasury,” she mentioned.
Leading Daniel Andrews’ office has said it is previously operating on the problem, freezing pokies quantities throughout the point out, restricting early cash withdrawals, and capping the range of pokies in spots most susceptible to gambling harm.