Regardless of last year’s months-extensive lockdown, staggering new figures show the losses have gotten worse.
9News spoke to Oscar, 68, who admitted he was a compulsive gambler who experienced shed “maybe $200,000” on the pokies.
“It is even worse than heroin or cocaine or alcohol,” he reported.
In March, gamblers in the western suburb of Brimbank set a lot more than $14.6 million by way of the pokies – the most in Melbourne.
In the past 10 many years, the persons of Brimbank Shire have missing a collective $1 billion on the pokies, which Mayor Georgina Papafotiou stated was “immoral and incorrect”.
She explained the council had no influence about business regulation, and is contacting on the state authorities to stage in with sturdy action.
“When 12 % of your earnings in government (that) you can elevate arrives from pokies there is too much uncomplicated cash for the state treasury,” she explained.
Premier Daniel Andrews’ office has stated it is previously working on the issue, freezing pokies figures throughout the point out, limiting early funds withdrawals, and capping the selection of pokies in locations most vulnerable to gambling damage.