Even with last year’s months-extensive lockdown, staggering new figures display the losses have gotten worse.
9News spoke to Oscar, 68, who admitted he was a compulsive gambler who experienced missing “it’s possible $200,000” on the pokies.
“It is worse than heroin or cocaine or liquor,” he claimed.
In March, gamblers in the western suburb of Brimbank put a lot more than $14.6 million by means of the pokies – the most in Melbourne.
In the past 10 many years, the folks of Brimbank Shire have misplaced a collective $1 billion on the pokies, which Mayor Georgina Papafotiou mentioned was “immoral and completely wrong”.
She stated the council experienced no impact in excess of field regulation, and is calling on the state federal government to phase in with robust motion.
“When 12 per cent of your earnings in government (that) you can increase will come from pokies there is much too much straightforward cash for the state treasury,” she said.
Leading Daniel Andrews’ office has reported it is now functioning on the issue, freezing pokies figures across the state, limiting early funds withdrawals, and capping the quantity of pokies in parts most susceptible to gambling hurt.