In spite of last year’s months-very long lockdown, staggering new figures demonstrate the losses have gotten worse.
9Information spoke to Oscar, 68, who admitted he was a compulsive gambler who had missing “perhaps $200,000” on the pokies.
“It can be even worse than heroin or cocaine or liquor,” he said.
In March, gamblers in the western suburb of Brimbank place additional than $14.6 million by the pokies – the most in Melbourne.
In the past 10 yrs, the people of Brimbank Shire have dropped a collective $1 billion on the pokies, which Mayor Georgina Papafotiou stated was “immoral and improper”.
She claimed the council experienced no impact above sector regulation, and is calling on the condition authorities to action in with strong action.
“When 12 % of your profits in government (that) you can raise will come from pokies there is as well considerably uncomplicated cash for the condition treasury,” she mentioned.
Premier Daniel Andrews’ office has said it is previously functioning on the situation, freezing pokies figures throughout the state, restricting early funds withdrawals, and capping the number of pokies in spots most susceptible to gambling damage.