In spite of last year’s months-prolonged lockdown, staggering new figures exhibit the losses have gotten worse.
9News spoke to Oscar, 68, who admitted he was a compulsive gambler who had dropped “perhaps $200,000” on the pokies.
“It is really worse than heroin or cocaine or alcoholic beverages,” he stated.
In March, gamblers in the western suburb of Brimbank put extra than $14.6 million as a result of the pokies – the most in Melbourne.
In the previous 10 decades, the men and women of Brimbank Shire have lost a collective $1 billion on the pokies, which Mayor Georgina Papafotiou claimed was “immoral and improper”.
She claimed the council experienced no influence more than marketplace regulation, and is contacting on the condition federal government to step in with powerful motion.
“When 12 % of your revenue in government (that) you can increase comes from pokies there is way too much effortless cash for the condition treasury,” she said.
Leading Daniel Andrews’ office has stated it is by now functioning on the difficulty, freezing pokies numbers across the point out, restricting early funds withdrawals, and capping the selection of pokies in places most vulnerable to gambling hurt.